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Mayor recommends promoting interim Colorado Springs budget director to fill vacancy

September 28, 2017 Updated: September 28, 2017 at 11:04 pm
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photo - Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers speaks Wednesday, March 2, 2016, during a press conference recognizing Colorado Springs as the fifth best city to live in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers speaks Wednesday, March 2, 2016, during a press conference recognizing Colorado Springs as the fifth best city to live in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) 

For four months, Colorado Springs Budget Manager Charae McDaniel has served as the city's interim chief financial officer, and now Mayor John Suthers is recommending she fill the spot permanently.

The city's previous CFO, Kara Skinner, announced her departure in April and left the position at the end of May.

More than 130 people applied to fill Skinner's position, Suthers said earlier this week in a conversation with City Council members. Except for McDaniel, very few of the applicants were familiar with the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, which uses population growth and inflation data to calculate how much revenue governments are allowed to retain.

Councilman Tom Strand, who served on the committee to find Skinner's replacement, said there were several strong candidates, including one from the City Auditor's Office, but he described McDaniel as "a total package."

McDaniel has worked in the city's finance department for more than 10 years, city spokeswoman Krithika Prashant said in a release. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in public administration.

In her new position, which will depend on approval from the City Council on Oct. 10, McDaniel will be responsible the city's finances, budgeting, strategic planning and more, Prashant said.

During the conversation with Suthers, City Council President Richard Skorman said he believes McDaniel's promotion will offer a "seamless transition."

If the council approves her promotion, McDaniel will earn $160,000 a year, up from her current salary of $118,967 a year, city spokeswoman Kim Melchor said. Skinner, who was chief financial officer position for about five years, was earning $169,304 a year when she left.

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