Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today announced that Brandon Kauffman, Director of the City's Finance Department, has accepted a position with the Kansas Turnpike Authority in Wichita, Kansas. His last day with the City will be Friday, January 15, 2021.
Kauffman joined the City in 2016 after a regional search for a new Finance Director. "Brandon has ably served the City and our residents for the last four and half years," Mayor Gaylor Baird said. "He has provided impressive leadership shepherding our budget process and managing City finances amidst the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic."
During his service as Finance Director, the City received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2019-2020 budget from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). It was the first time the City received the award, which reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of government budgeting. In addition, Kauffman has been part of the leadership team implementing a new Human Resources and Payroll system for the City and County. The project, which went live four weeks ago, provides a replacement for the system used by local government for over 40 years.
Kauffman thanked the Mayor for the opportunity to serve the residents of Lincoln and expressed his confidence in the Finance team. "It has been a pleasure to serve the residents and the Mayor's office in this capacity," he said. "It was a difficult decision to leave Lincoln, and we will miss the community and lifelong connections we have made here. I am proud of the work this team has accomplished and am very grateful for the opportunity to have served."
The City plans to post an opening for the position by December 10. An announcement about an interim director will be announced soon. "The next Director of the Finance Department should embrace the values Brandon Kauffman demonstrated, including a commitment to operational excellence, fiscal responsibility, and continued transparency regarding City finances," Gaylor Baird said.
The Finance Department has six divisions: Accounting, Administration, Budget, City Clerk, City Treasurer, Information Services, and Purchasing. The Department provides services to support and enhance the effective and efficient operation of City-County government; maintain the City's fiscal integrity; preserve the City's bond rating; and provide consistent, reliable, and timely information to the Mayor, City Council and the general public.
More information on the Finance Department is available at finance.lincoln.ne.gov.