This appointment fills an open assistant city manager position, which had been City Manager Donna Dreska’s before she was named interim city manager. Dreska was appointed as city manager last July, so the position was unfrozen at that time. It also combines two vacant positions — the assistant city manager and the finance director — into one, reducing the management team by one position.
“Ed brings a lot of relevant experience in labor negotiations and debt management to the city, areas that are critical at this time,” Dreska said. “He’ll be a great addition to our team.”
Finger is scheduled to start with the city on Dec. 6.
Dreska made the appointment as part of a larger reorganization designed to place significant focus and expertise on management of the city’s financial resources. In June, using existing staff from finance and other departments, she established the Office of Management & Budget charged with oversight of the city’s budget, strategic and financial planning, performance management and internal auditing.
In all, three senior management positions were eliminated through this reorganization, the finance director, director of community development and redevelopment administrator. The director of community relations position has been replaced with the director of the office of management and budget.