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Springfield’s Chief Financial Officer Submits Resignation

Lee Erdmann

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced Friday that the city’s Chief Administrative and Financial Officer Lee Erdmann has submitted of resignation.

Erdmann’s last day of work will be Friday, December 21, with his resignation taking effect on January 11, 2013.

In a statement, Erdmann says that “It has been my pleasure to serve you and the City of Springfield over the past three years. The time has gone by quickly and much has been accomplished.”

“Two of the things that I am most proud of include that the City has a very solid group of Administration and Finance department heads and staff who can assist to build upon the foundation that has been established and that the city now has the opportunity to consider appointing the next CAFO from within the organization,” Erdmann adds.

Erdmann came to Springfield in January 2010 after retiring as Hartford’s Chief Operating Officer in July 2009.

Sarno says, “I want to thank Lee for his service to the City and wish him well with all of his future endeavors. Besides his accomplishments, Lee has been a senior statesman, a terrific presence, has cultivated leaders in the Administration and Finance Division, and is a true professional with a tremendous amount of integrity and honesty.”

Timothy Plante, the city’s finance director and Chief Financial Officer for Springfield Public Schools, has been named Erdmann’s interim replacement.

As part of Friday’s announcement, Sarno says that four people have been appointed to the seven member screening committee that will help find a permanent Chief Financial Officer.

Those members are:

  • Mr. Steven F. Bradley, VP of Government, Community and Public Affairs for Baystate Health
  • Mrs. Helen Caulton-Harris, Public Health Commissioner, City of Springfield
  • Mr. Steve Valenti, Retired Chief Financial Officer, City of Springfield
  • Mr. John Barbeiri, Deputy Chief of Police, Springfield Police Department

The Springfield School Committee, City Council, and the state’s Secretary of Administration and Finance will appoint one person each to fill the remaining seats on the committee.

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