Omaha's Finance Director Resigns
Omaha, NE - Omaha's finance director is leaving to pursue opportunities in the private sector.
Pam Spaccarotella's resignation takes effect November 1st.
"Ms. Spaccarotella saved Omaha taxpayers millions of dollars and is a shining example of how professionals from the private sector can make a major difference in the future of our City," said Omaha mayor Jim Suttle. "She has been an amazing public servant and I am grateful for all she has contributed to the betterment of our community."
Spaccarotella resignation comes on the heels of criticism over unbudgeted pay raises for her and other top officials that Suttle said were well-earned.
"I’m going to say these plans were in place well before the raises became an issue," said Spaccarotella.
Spacarotella says she inherited a 10-million dollar debt when she took the job. By 2011 the city of Omaha’s budget had shot from the red to the black.
"We’ve managed ourselves through the worst economic recession in decades and come forward to attract new businesses and economic growth," said Spacarotella.
Spaccarotella's accomplishments include assisting Mayor Suttle in gaining and retaining the City's AAA bond rating, as well as implementing efficiencies in all City departments. She significantly reduced fire department costs, successfully implemented payroll accountability within the Omaha Fire Department, and developed long term financial strategies for police cameras, cruisers, and street resurfacing efforts.
"Its been an amazing experience to work with the people here at the city and I’m grateful for every second of it, said Spaccarotella.