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Springfield Launches Search For New Chief Finance Officer

The  top municipal finance official in the city of Springfield Massachusetts is retiring and there will be a nationwide search for a replacement.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

Lee Erdmann was hired three years ago as Springfield’s first Chief Adminstration and Finance Officer, a position mandated by state law as a result of Springfield’s brush with bankruptcy.  Despite the lingering effects of the recession, and two costly natural disasters, Springfield has seen its bond rating improve, its rainy day fund balance hold steady, and its pension fund liability improve under Erdman.

Erdmann, spent 40 years in municipal government, including  a tenure as city manager in Hartford Ct.  State law requires the appointment of a search committee to recommend candidates for the job.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.