Columbia promotes John Blattel to permanent finance director

Monday, February 14, 2011 | 12:54 p.m. CST; updated 6:27 p.m. CST, Monday, February 14, 2011

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.


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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:

  • Accounting.
  • Business licensing.
  • Utility billing.
  • Treasury management.
  • Purchasing.

Former finance director Lori Fleming resigned in December to take a position as financial and budget adviser to the Honduran Finance Ministry.

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