Oswego CFO Mark Horton to retire in June
The village is planning a public reception for May 20
After more than 31 years of service in the public sector, Oswego Village Chief Financial Officer Mark Horton will retire on June 10.
Growing up in Oswego, Horton attended Oswego High School and later earned a BS in accounting from Arizona State University. He started his career with a financial firm that performed audits for public agencies, worked for the town of Wheaton for over 11 years and served the village for the past 12 years.
Horton not only managed the finances of the village, but also served as village treasurer, treasurer of the police pension fund, and trustee of the police pension fund. In addition to helping pull the village out of several severe economic downturns over the past few decades, he has stabilized and improved finances through conservative and creative budgeting practices. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Horton used his excellent forecasting and budgeting skills to ensure the village was able to maintain the same level of community services despite the economic uncertainty.
“Mark has worked tirelessly to manage Oswego taxpayers’ money wisely, making the most of revenue and keeping expenses low,” said Village Chairman Troy Parlier. “Mark has been indispensable to me and the community. He provided valuable input into every major decision we made.
His dedication and commitment to excellence has been nationally recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). A Triple Crown Medal recipient, Horton has earned the GFOA Certificate of Achievement Award for Financial Reporting Excellence and Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for more than 10 consecutive years, as well as awards for village popular annual financial report.
“Over the years, it has been extremely rewarding to work with the dedicated and talented members of Oswego’s staff, as well as the Village Chairman and members of the Board of Directors,” said Chief Financial Officer Mark Horton . “I am grateful for the opportunity to use my skills, creativity and sense of humor to leave Oswego’s finances better than I found them”
A public reception will be held on Friday, May 20 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. with remarks at 4 p.m. at the Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill Place.
Horton’s last day will be June 10. He plans to spend more time with his wife and two daughters, as well as continue officiating high school and college basketball games.