City of Lincoln looks for a Director of the Finance Department

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The City of Lincoln announced its search for the next Director of the Finance Department today.

David Young, who has served in an acting capacity since the departure of former Director Brandon Kauffman in January 2021, has accepted a new position outside the City, his last day with the City will be Feb. 11.

“We are grateful to David for stepping up to oversee the Finance Department as Interim Director, as well as for his leadership in modernizing our organization’s technology and information services in his capacity as our Chief Information Officer,” said Mayor Gaylor Baird. “His efforts have positioned the City to provide even higher quality service to our residents.”

The current City Controller, Melinda Jones, who has worked in the Finance Department for over 30 years, will serve as the Acting Director until the Mayor appoints a new Director.  The position is expected to be posted in February and filled by the end of May.

“The next Director of the Finance Department should embrace the values previous Directors have demonstrated, including a commitment to operational excellence, fiscal responsibility, and continued transparency regarding City finances,” said Mayor Gaylor Baird.

The Finance Department has six divisions: Accounting, Administration, Budget, City Clerk, City Treasurer, Information Services, and Purchasing.

Information Services is led by the Chief Information Officer (also known as the Information Services Manager). The City will also post that position this month.

The Finance Department provides services to support and enhance the effective and efficient operation of the City-County government, maintain the City’s fiscal integrity, preserve the City’s bond rating, and provide consistent, reliable, and timely information to the Mayor, City Council, and the general public.

More information on the Finance Department is available at

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