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Wentzville Welcomes New Interim Director of Finance

The previous Director of Finance, Dennis Walsh, held the position since 1988.

(The following press release was submitted by the City of Wentzville.)

Petree Powell assumed the duties of Wentzville’s top financial position as Interim Director of Finance on Thursday, January 10.

The position became vacant at the end of 2012 when Wentzville’s Director of Finance, Dennis Walsh, officially retired. Walsh had worked for the city since June of 1988.

The city brought Powell on board as Interim Director of Finance through a contract with Interim Public Management, LLC (IPM). Powell’s training includes a law degree from St. Louis University, a Masters of City and Regional Planning from the University of California-Berkely, and B.A. in Business Management and Media/Public Communications from Webster University.

Over the course of her career, Powell has worked with the St. Louis legal firm Armstrong, Teasdale, Schlafly & Davis, and served as the first female City Administrator for the City of Crestwood. She also was recognized with an Outstanding Assistant City Manager award from the Missouri City Managers Association for 2009-2010 for her work at the city of University City.

Back in August of 2012, Wentzville also contracted with IPM to provide the city its current Interim City Administrator, George Kolb. Just as with Kolb, Powell will be considered a consultant for Wentzville through IPM, and all remuneration for her services will flow through IPM. Under its agreement, the city will pay IPM $2,850 per week for Powell’s services, plus pay her business-related expenses.  The city’s agreement with IPM also includes a “Transitional Period” of up to 45 days once a permanent replacement for the Finance Director position is found.

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