Waninger retires after 37 years with SIRS

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Lary Waninger outside of SIRS in Boonville on Thursday, June 27.

Southern Indiana Resource Solutions Chief Financial Officer Larry Waninger has officially retired after 37 years of working at the Boonville rehabilitation center for disabled adults.

Waninger, who started as the CFO of SIRS in the early 80s, said it truly was a perfect fit because he was looking to work with computers.

"[...] their goal at the time was to find someone who could computerize the manual systems here because everything was paper," he said. "So, I just feel pretty blessed to have had the opportunity to fulfill an interest of mine to learn more and use computers."

Waninger said the role of the CFO is a vital one.

"I oversee all of the accounting functions -- accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger," he said. "And we do process our own payroll in house, with over 225 people on staff."

During his time at SIRS, he also oversaw the implementation of a new application.

"I was the project leader on the computerized application for staff to document the services they deliver," he said. "Most of them received it very well."

Like most new retirees, Waninger said he knew it was time to pass the on the torch.

"The new CFO will be Melissa Sharp," he said. "We've been working together for a while now."

Even though he will no longer have a 40-hour-plus a week job, Waninger will be plenty busy in Saint Meinrad, where he resides.

"I am pretty active in my community," he said. "I am on the board of directors for Saint Meinrad Utilities, and I am on the board of directors for the Saint Meinrad Volunteer Fire Department. And I am active in my church."

Though, Waninger will always remember his time at SIRS fondly.

"There are so many great people, clients and co-workers who I have met," he said. "I will miss the people the most."

Marisa Patwa is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in journalism and minor in political science.

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