City manager names interim finance director

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 | 11:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:14 p.m. CST, Wednesday, November 24, 2010

COLUMBIA — John Blattel, Columbia’s internal auditor, has been named the interim director of the city Finance Department, City Manager Bill Watkins announced on Wednesday.

Blattel will replace Lori Fleming, who has taken a position with the U.S. Treasury Department in Honduras. He will take over on Dec. 3.  


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“I’m excited to have this opportunity to provide additional service to the city,” Blattel said in a news release.

Blattel has served as the internal auditor for two and a half years. His salary will increase from about $68,000 to $95,000, according to the release.

The internal auditor position will not be filled during Blattel’s interim appointment, because he will be returning to the position once a finance director has been named. 

City spokeswoman Toni Messina said there was no firm timetable to the fill the finance director position. Messina said the city hopes to have a new finance director by early spring. 


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Ricky Gurley November 25, 2010 | 8:56 a.m.

I am saddened to see Lori Fleming go. She was a very hard working, dedicated, and fairminded professional. I did not have a lot of dealings with her, but the times I did have occasion to deal with her I was always very impressed with her professionalism. Columbia is losing a true asset to city government.

Rick Gurley.

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