Galt city manager Lorenzo Hines will wear multiple hats for now as Galt’s top financial official no longer works for the city. The Galt Herald was informed last week that CFO Claire Tyson had left her post. The city’s website has recently been updated, advising of the vacancy.
“The CFO position is very important and we will prioritize this recruitment,” Hines told the Galt Herald in an email Tuesday morning.
Hines said he will serve as interim CFO until a replacement is found, a position Hines is familiar with.
Hines came to the city with a wealth of budget and finance experience, having worked for almost 30 years in state, local and county governments.
Hines previously served as the Division Chief of Management Services for the California Secretary of State and CFO of Seattle / King County-Public Health in Seattle, Wash. He was also CFO of the towns of Edmonds, Wash. and Lynnwood, Wash. .
Joining Galt’s team in October 2018, Tyson reportedly celebrated his third birthday with the Town of Galt this fall.
Prior to coming to Galt, Tyson’s career included positions in both the public and private sectors, having served as both Deputy Financial Director and Budget Director for the City of Stockton, as well as Director of Finance for San Joaquin Delta College. In the private sector, Tyson has worked for a local CPA firm and Diamond of California.
Tyson’s unexpected exit comes at a time when the finance department was already losing three of its 11 jobs. In the latest municipal bulletin, the city announced that it is looking for a Budget / Revenue Officer, Senior Accounting Assistant and Accounting Assistant I / II.
Hines said the city has the discretion to fill vacancies as it finds qualified candidates.
“We are looking for people who will help the city move in the positive direction that we have established,” Hines said in the email.
Mayor Shawn Farmer said he supports Hines’ decisions and looks forward to a positive future for the city.
“I and the council have supported our city manager, Mr. Hines, and his authority to do what is necessary to put our house in order,” Farmer said. “I and the council are determined to continue to make tough decisions and bold steps to improve the financial stability of our city and resolve the issues that plagued previous councils and administrations. “
Tyson’s hiring follows the unexpected departure of his predecessor. Emily Boyd had only been with the city for two years before stepping down.
Before Boyd, the city enjoyed continuity in the finance department. Inez Kiriu headed the department for 28 years.
In addition to the absence of a financial director, the city is also recruiting a new director of information technology, a position open for several months.