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Superior searches for new finance director

Finance director Ashley Puetz tendered her resignation as the head of the city's finance department.

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Government Center, Superior, Wisconsin.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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SUPERIOR — The city of Superior is once again looking for a finance director.

The human resources committee on Monday, June 20, approved filling the vacancy created by finance director Ashley Puetz’s resignation and any subsequent vacancies that may result from the appointment.

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Ashley Puetz

Puetz was appointed to serve as the city’s assistant finance director in August 2019. She served as acting finance director the following month and was appointed to lead the department in November 2019.

Puetz, a certified public accountant, joined the city after both the city’s top financial officers departed in July 2019. The assistant finance director resigned for another position and the finance director retired after 27 years in the department.

“I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say about the specific reasons,” Mayor Jim Paine said. He said Puetz left for an opportunity that better served her life.

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“While I did offer to attempt to compete, that ended up being more or less impossible for us,” Paine said.

The city has started the search for its next finance director, which closes July 6.

The city council will confirm the appointment.

Shelley Nelson is a reporter with the Duluth Media Group since 1997, and has covered Superior and Douglas County communities and government for the Duluth News Tribune from 1999 to 2006, and the Superior Telegram since 2006. Contact her at 715-395-5022 or snelson@superiortelegram.com.
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