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Media Release - City has new interim Chief Financial Officer


Debra Oakman, CPA, CMA, a former Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), GM Corporate Services and Manager of Financial Services on Vancouver Island, will be serving as interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the City of Powell River.
 
With the retirement of Kathleen Day, the City’s CFO, at the end of January, Oakman has stepped in to complete the City’s budgetary process for 2018.
 
“My role as an interim CFO, based on the Chief Administrative Officer’s priorities, will be getting the five-year (2018 to 2022) financial plan through Council and approved in a timely manner,” Oakman said.
 
“I’m just ensuring the Finance and IT department staff has the leadership they need during this interim period. I do have to say the City is very fortunate with the staff it has here. They are a great team and work hard to ensure the city’s financial obligations and technology needs are met.”
 
Oakman said she has attended the City’s January Finance Committee meeting, so she has direction from the Finance Committee.
 
“I will be working on those particular items to get information back to them, answer their questions and move the financial plan forward,” she said.
 
Oakman said she is already enjoying her CFO duties in Powell River.
 
“It’s very busy and there are lots of priorities. I’ll do the best job I can for the City of Powell River while I’m here.”
 
In addition to the budgetary process, another priority for Oakman is working with the CAO Mac Fraser to find a permanent CFO for the City as soon as possible.
 
Oakman served in various professional roles with the Comox Valley Regional District between 1994 and 2017, when she retired. Debra is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds the legacy designation of Certified Management Accountant. She is now serving as an executive management consultant.
 
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For more information, contact:
Debra Oakman, Interim Chief Financial Officer
doakman@powellriver.ca
 
 
 

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 3:30pm

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