Woodburn Finance Director Christina Shearer has submitted her resignation pending a move to Bowling Green, Ky., where her husband has accepted a new job and LINDSAY KEEFER - Christina Shearer, pictured left, is shown around the time she started working for the city of Woodburn in January 2010 as city recorder. She has been finance director since May 2012, but has announced she will resign to move to Kentucky with her family in a few months.

A statement from the city of Woodburn writes that Shearer has done an excellent job helping the city advance and strengthen its internal controls and procedures, creating its forecasting tools and the monthly financial reports, implementing departmental budget/financial procedures and so much more.

“I am going to miss Christina a lot,” said City Administrator Scott Derickson in the statement. “She has brought our finance department to a new level of professionalism and accountability. She is leaving a large hole in our management team and will be sorely missed.”

Shearer started her career in Woodburn as city recorder in January 2010, after the retirement of long-time city recorder Mary Tennant.

She assumed the role of finance director in May of 2012.

“She has been a top-notch professional,” Derickson added.

Shearer’s exact date of departure is not known at this time, but is expected to be in the next three months.

“Working in Woodburn has been immensely rewarding,” she said in the city’s statement. “I have never worked with a better group of professionals including the staff, management and city council. I am extremely proud of the work we did in strengthening internal controls and financial reporting. The budget awards we have received the past two years show our commitment to excellence in financial transparency and accountability.”

Shearer has a long history in government work. Previously she worked for the city of Sherwood and before that the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System.

“I appreciate Scott’s leadership and the collaborative environment he has created among all departments in the city,” she added. “I am not leaving because I am unhappy working here. I’m going to miss the city of Woodburn and everyone I’ve worked with. It was just too good of an opportunity for my family to pass up, and I am excited for my husband’s opportunity and our next adventure.”

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