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City of Waukesha selects new finance director

Abbott previously worked for Washington County

July 23, 2013

The City of Waukesha has a new finance director.

Richard Abbott, who has served as the assistant finance director for Washington County since 2008, has accepted the position. The appointment is subject to final approval by the Common Council.

Before his five years in Washington County, he was a senior manager with Schenck, a public accounting firm in Milwaukee.

City Administrator Ed Henschel led the extensive search process and said Abbott's first priorities will be working on the 2014 city budget and assisting with the final implementation of the city's financial software system.

Abbott has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and more than seven years of municipal accounting experience.

Henschel is excited to have Abbott join the city's management team and describes him as high energy, enthusiastic with imaginative ideas. Henschel thanked the search committee (Common Council President Terry Thieme, Human Resources Committee Chair Joan Francoeur, aldermen Joe Pieper and Andy Reiland and HR Manager Donna Whalen) for the time they put in conducting interviews and reviewing candidates.

In a news release, Mayor Jeff Scrima said having a qualified person in charge of the finance department is critical to the operations of the city and is looking forward to working with Abbott as well.

Abbott's first day is Aug. 12. He and his wife, Beth, live in Menomonee Falls.

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