Marlene Druga promoted to head of city’s finance department

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In the shadow of the conditional hiring of a member of the city council as head of municipal service, there was a much more normal promotion of a long-time municipal employee to the post of head of department.

Acting Director of the Financial and Administrative Services Department Marlene Druga was promoted to Director of the Financial and Administrative Services Department last week. Druga is replacing former CFO Rick Lusk who retired after 35 years with the city in March – not only without much fanfare, but without the city even issuing the usual press release. Thus, the fact that Druga is appointed director without fanfare seems normal for the financial and administrative services department.

Druga has worked in the city since 1994 and was director of financial reporting and deputy director of finance before being appointed interim director.

Deputy Managing Director Larry Davis, who announced the promotion, said in a press release: “Our finance department has been the backbone of stability for decades and we are delighted that Marlene is stepping up to the role of Director. Marlene played a vital role in the success of the ministry. She provides continuity and excellent leadership as we move forward.

City council knows Druga better than some deputy directors because Druga has often made presentations and reports on behalf of the finance department to city council. It was also a poorly kept secret that city council preferred Druga to provide these reports because Lusk often spoke in financial terms that some city council members had difficulty understanding.

Druga’s presentations were much more user-friendly for those who were not involved in borrowing and investing millions of dollars as a matter of course.

It should also be noted that Druga has big shoes to fill. Each year during Lusk’s tenure as CFO, the city received an “unqualified audit opinion” on the city’s annual financial statements, which for those not in the financial services industry means that the city received an A +.

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