Paula Barry, 16-year department veteran, named Kent’s interim finance director
KENT, Wash. – February 5, 2014 - Kent’s assistant finance director Paula Barry was named interim finance director by Mayor Suzette Cooke, effective February 1.
Barry, a 16-year city employee, will oversee the 33-employee finance department while the city seeks a permanent replacement for Robert Nachlinger who retired last month after ten years.
“We’re fortunate to have someone of Paula’s talent and experience step into this position,” said Mayor Cooke. “I’m very confident in her ability to oversee the city’s financial operations.”
Barry joined the city in 1997 and served various roles in the finance department including senior accountant and financial planning manager until being appointed to the assistant finance director role five years ago.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to step in,” said Barry. “I care about this department, its credibility and where it’s headed.
“There is no question that Bob [Nachlinger] is a hard act to follow after steering the city through the recession. I intend to provide stable leadership during this transition,” Barry said.
Barry earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Central Washington University. She is the proud mother to two young daughters.
Interested parties may apply for the position online. The city also plans a national search for a permanent replacement.
Michelle Wilmot, Kent Community and Public Affairs