COLUMBIA — John Blattel has been named the permanent director of the city's Finance Department, City Manager Bill Watkins announced Monday morning.
Blattel had served as interim director since Dec. 3 following two and a half years as the city’s internal auditor. As director, Blattel will be paid $115,000 annually and receive a standard benefits package and a car allowance.
Watkins and a search committee selected Blattel after interviews with several candidates.
“John’s experience and level of understanding of public finance and our organization made him a clear top choice,” Watkins said in a news release.
Before working with the city, Blattel had more than 30 years' experience with the state auditor’s office. He is a certified public accountant and a certified fraud examiner. Blattel has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University.
The director of the Finance Department oversees numerous areas, including:
- Business licensing.
- Utility billing.
- Treasury management.
Former finance director Lori Fleming resigned in December to take a position as financial and budget adviser to the Honduran Finance Ministry.