Baker has nominated a new treasurer. In an all-employee email, since forwarded to Cherokee Truth, Baker said he wants Lacey Horn to replace Callie Catcher. In the email, Baker tells us that she has a bachelors and masters degree from SMU and her previous experience includes a four-year stint as senior auditor with Chicago’s KPMG. She is currently a CPA in Vian, her hometown. She graduated from Vian High School in 2000. According to an online directory of businesses,
“Lacey A Horn Cpa, Pllc in Vian, OK is a private company categorized under Accounting and Bookkeeping Services. Our records show it was established in and incorporated in Oklahoma. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of $35,000 and employs a staff of approximately 1.”
Callie Catcher has been the treasurer of the Cherokee Nation since 2004. Prior to that, she was controller of Dover Resources, where she was responsible for all financial functions for the international manufacturing group. Dover’s revenues last quarter were $2.2 billion dollars. That’s just in one quarter. That works out to almost $9 billion in revenue per year. That’s basically NINE times bigger than the Cherokee Nation.
When Catcher was confirmed, Baker voted for her to become Treasurer. Joe Crittenden said “I have every confidence in her as a professional.” Crittenden’s Adair County council cohort Jackie Bob Martin said, “We’ve best Secretary/Treasurer of any Indian tribe.”
So how has she done since then? Well, the Cherokee Nation has won 10 straight awards for excellence in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the Cherokee Nation’s “financial transparency and full accountability by exceeding the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles demonstrated through comprehensive annual reports.”
That means the Cherokee Nation has done really well since Catcher became Treasurer.
So to sum up, Baker wants to replace a Cherokee who wins awards for financial excellence and has overseen finances for a multi-billion dollar company... with quite possibly the best CPA in Vian.