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City on the Search for New Finance Director

Ellen Eggeman left her post as finance director to work at Portsmouth Abbey School.

East Providence Finance Director Ellen Eggeman will be leaving her municipal post on May 18 after she accepted a position at Portsmouth Abbey School. 

According to City Manager Peter Graczykowski, he hopes to fill her position by July. An advertisement for the job that will also oversee the school department's finances is on the city's website and SchoolSpring.com, an education site for teachers. [Click here for the full job description.]

"Under the direction of the City Manager and the Superintendent of Schools, this position assumes responsibility for the direction, planning, coordination and administration of all financial affairs of the , including its school department," reads an announcement on the city's website.

A RFP to hire an outside agency or individual to run financial operations - before a permanent hire is found to fill the consolidated position - will be issued in the upcoming days, said Graczykowski.

According to Eggeman, she has experience in the academic realm. She previously worked as a finance director for University of Massachusetts (UMass) Dartmouth and in Westerly's school district.

She is confident her colleagues can handle the financial responsibilities.

"I have been very impressed with the finance department staff," she said on Friday afternoon. "They have risen to the occassion, have never complained even in light of the uncertainty and stress [caused] by the budget commission."

Mary King, finance director for the school district also recently .

Govstench April 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM
No question two very qualified individuals with impecable credentials have decided to make career moves. Let's remove the politics from that. Check to see how long these people were in these jobs and how well they managed them. I say managed because they had to take their orders from the city council or school committee. They are giving sufficient notice of departure to the city manager and the school committee for replacement and they are moving on. Yes, the city has a mess on its hands, not as bad as other municipalities in this state but the hard decisions are being done. Finance directors operate in the parameters given them by their superiors. I say "thank you for your service and good luck in your future endeavors."
pferd April 29, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Why don't people stop making excuses? How. An politics be removed? IT IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL IN FHODE ISLAND. KICK THE BUMBS OUT. STOP THE INSANITY. VOTE AGAINST THE INCUMBENT. USE YOUR BRAINS
Spo April 29, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Hah. "BUMBS."
Jack April 29, 2012 at 04:08 PM
re: Rumford resident... Some of us can't attend public meetings because we work two jobs to make up for lost income and high taxes
Rags 1 April 29, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I and others wish Ms Eggeman good luck in her new position. She did a good job for the city with what she has had to work with.

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