New assistant financial director named for Wake Forest

Shameshia Fennell worked in finance for towns of Fremont and Wallace

Shameshia Fennell

From WSJ Staff Reports

Wake Forest Chief Financial Officer Aileen Staples announced Shameshia Fennell has been named assistant finance director. Fennell was selected from a pool of over 50 applicants.

As assistant finance director, Fennell will serve as the Town’s chief accounting officer responsible for directing the daily accounting operations of the Finance Department and the Town. She will also oversee general ledger activities, including accounts payable, payroll, and receivables, administer activities for the annual audit and prepare the annual Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. 

A native of Fremont, Fennell served as finance officer for the Town of Fremont before becoming the finance director for the Town of Wallace. After two years in that position, she joined the Town of Wake Forest.

In 2015, Fennell earned an associate degree in Applied Science from Wayne Community College and was recognized as the schools “Most Outstanding Student.”

A May 2016 REDI XXVI graduate from the NC Rural Economic Development Center, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from North Carolina Wesleyan College and her N.C. Local Government Finance Certification from Lenoir Community College in 2018.

Fennell is a current member of the Wayne Community College Accounting Department Advisory Committee.

Her hobbies include traveling, reading, fishing, cooking, community volunteering, mentoring and public speaking on financial literacy.

Fennell’s salary is $83,500 annually. Her first day was Jan. 4.

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