Montesano Mayor Vini Samuel said she was encouraged by how many talented, experienced and motivated people applied for the position of Chief Financial Officer, and the candidate she picked turned out to be right here at home.
“Instead of a city administrator who helps manage department heads,” Samuel said, “I wanted the strongest possible financial background, somebody who really knew budgets and financing.”
Her choice is Doug Streeter, CFO for the Grays Harbor Public Utilities District.
Streeter is also a CPA (Certified Public Accountant), auditor and former member of the Montesano City Council who served on the finance committee during his terms.
Doug Streeter worked for the Grays Harbor PUD from 2003 to present as CFO; he also served as interim General Manager for the public utility district. Previously, he was employed by the Pacific PUD as Finance Manager and at the Washington State Auditor as Assistant Auditor Manager.
All of those qualities, Samuel said, were above and beyond what she’d wished for in the position. “What set Doug apart is he has the brains and the heart for this job: the financial background and experience we needed, the inner working knowledge of the city and the proven commitment in public service to Montesano.”
“This is about building a better Montesano,” Samuel said. “Doug Streeter has the financial skills and community connections to bring our city forward. I’m excited to work with him—and to see what we all can do, together, to make Monte a better place to live, work and raise a family.”
The city council is scheduled to vote on the confirmation of Streeter at the next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23.