Dixon finance director stepping down next month
DIXON – The city’s finance director plans to step down next month to take a break before becoming Lee County’s next treasurer.
Finance Director Paula Meyer, who picked up the financial pieces in the aftermath of former City Comptroller Rita Crundwell’s $53.7 million embezzlement scheme in 2012, will be leaving May 4.
Meyer, 53, recently won the Republican spot for Lee County Treasurer during the March 20 primary election; she’s running unopposed in November.
She likely will take over as treasurer in December, replacing John Fritts, who is retiring after more than 2 decades in the position.
In the past 5 years, Meyer streamlined processes and put new layers of oversight in place to create a cohesive system of checks and balances.
“I feel honored to have been part of Dixon’s team,” Meyer said in her resignation letter. “I am proud to have helped establish a new financial system that included new accounting software, restructure staffing and financial policies and procedures that comply with federal, state, and IRS guidelines.”
She also helped prioritize what the city should do with recovery funds from the Crundwell scandal, including paying off about $21 million in debt and establishing a safety net of reserve funds.
Meyer has played an integral role in helping the city recover through the financial crisis, Mayor Li Arellano Jr. said Wednesday.
“Dixon is indebted to Paula for the incredible work she did helping rebuild our financial structure and accounting practices,” Arellano said. “It was a great public service to Dixon, and she has been an incredible resource for the City Council and the entire community.”
City Manager Danny Langloss, who’s in charge of appointing Meyer’s replacement, said talks are ongoing about the position, and he should have more information in the next couple of weeks.
Meyer has been an accountant for 27 years and started her 22-year run working in government finance as Sauk’s controller in 1995 where she worked in different financial roles until 2012.