Mitch Harper, Fort Wayne Observed, is reporting that Controller Pat Roller, who had resigned her post effective the end of this month, is going to remain with the City as Controller. Â More on this later.
Updated @ 1:26 pm with the City’s press release:
City Controller Agrees to stay
Mayor asks City Controller to Reconsider
Mayor Tom Henry announced today that City Controller Pat Roller will remain in the position she’s held since January, 2004.
“I’m very pleased that Pat has agreed to stay on with the Administration,” said Mayor Henry. “Her expertise and understanding, particularly in this challenging time of a slow economy and new impacts to property taxes from legislative action is a valuable asset. We were not going to find anyone with her skills and experience and thought we would be facing a learning curve with a new controller just at the most challenging time I can recall in local government finance. I am grateful that Pat agreed to remain as the Chief Financial Officer for the City.”
“Given the circumstances and the timing, I think it’s the right decision for me and the City,” said Roller. “There is a lot of work to be done as the City plans for the 2010 budget cycle as many difficult decisions will need to be made. I understand the challenges that lie ahead and look forward to continue working with the Administration, City Council and the citizens of Fort Wayne.”