Cassandra J. Watford is Wake County Human Services’ Finance Officer.  She has served in this capacity since 2015.

She most recently served as Controller for the Henrico, Va., Department of Recreation and Parks. Watford has 25 years of local and state government leadership and management experience. She also served as Budget Director for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Controller for the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Accounting Manager for the North Carolina Administrative Office of Courts.

Watford holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., where she graduated cum laude. She earned a Master of Business Administration with an Accounting Concentration from Saint Leo University in St. Leo, Fla.  She also holds a Certified Public Manager designation through the North Carolina Office of State Personnel.

In her role as Finance Officer, Watford provides oversight and leadership in all matters related to fiscal management, budget development and contracts and grants management.  She also serves as the liaison to the County Finance and Internal Audit Offices.