City Welcomes New Finance Director

Craig Koehler brings experience in municipal, public agency budget operations

Craig Koehler, a financial operations and management professional with extensive experience in the government sector, has joined the City of South Pasadena as its new Director of Finance. Koehler began today, August 6.

“Craig’s impressive skills and experience are a perfect fit for South Pasadena,” said City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe. “He has managed many complex budget projects throughout his career, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to financial transparency and open government. We are very pleased to have him on board.”

In his new role, Koehler will oversee an annual municipal budget of $55 million and a staff of eight in South Pasadena’s Finance Department. He will be responsible for developing and implementing a long-range financial plan as identified in the City’s recently adopted strategic plan.

Koehler most recently served as the interim Director of Finance for the City of Montebello and the Director of Financial Services for the City of Redondo Beach. He has held similar positions with the City of El Monte, the Jurupa Community Services District, and the Southern California Public Power Authority, among others.

Koehler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Cal State University, Long Beach and has completed post-graduate studies in finance at UC Irvine. He holds certificates in budgeting and forecasting, financial modeling, bond credit analysis, civic engagement and communications.

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