Mayor Earling welcomes new finance director Roger Neumaier

Jun 07, 2013
Roger Neumaier

Mayor Dave Earling would like to extend a welcome and introduce the City’s new Finance Director, Roger Neumaier.  It became official Tuesday night, as the Council confirmed the Mayor’s selection.

The City went through an extensive process to recruit, interview and evaluate applicants that included community members, City Council, staff, and the Mayor, narrowing the field to two final applicants.

The Mayor invited these two candidates to interview with the City Council.   These interviews took place in an open public meeting on May 14, 2013.

After careful consideration, the Mayor selected Roger Neumaier as the number one candidate, and advanced him to the next phase of the selection process, a complete background, criminal history, credit, and reference checks.

After the completion of this, the Mayor extended an offer to Neumaier, who was confirmed by the City Council.

“We are fortunate to have someone join our city with the quality reputation, experience and knowledge as Mr. Neumaier”, Mayor Earling said.

Neumaier was appointed Snohomish County Finance Director in January of 2004 and has been responsible for developing the County Budget since 1999.

During his tenure as Finance Director, the county's financial policies and practices were rated as "strong" by Standard and Poor’s bond rating services and the County developed a national reputation for innovative implementation of priority-based budgeting.

In his role as County Finance Director, Neumaier has also been responsible for county-wide purchasing and risk management services.

From 1992 to 1999, Neumaier was Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for the Washington State Health Care Authority, the state agency that manages both the Basic Health Plan and State’s employee benefits programs.

Between 1987 and 1992, Neumaier was Chief Financial Officer for Industrial Insurance at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

During Neumaier’s tenure, Labor and Industries won the prestigious Ford Foundation Innovations in Government Award for programmatic and financial innovations.

Prior to working for the State, Neumaier was employed by Seafirst Corporation.

He is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota. He and his wife Marsha have three adult children.


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