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Dixon’s new finance director appointed from within

April 24, 2018 GMT

DIXON – The last position in Dixon’s leadership team is filled.

Becky Fredericks, the city’s clerk and human resources manager, is being appointed finance director, a position being vacated by Paula Meyer, Lee County’s newly elected treasurer, City Manager Danny Langloss said in a news release today.

“I am excited to be part of the city’s leadership team, and look forward to building upon the foundation Paula has created,” Fredericks said.

Fredericks, 50, of Amboy, was hired by Meyer in 2012 to be her second in command; Fredericks became the deputy city treasurer when she was appointed city clerk in 2016.

She has 20 years of experience, nearly 6 in governmental accounting, and helped research and implement the new finance software system that was part of the creation of the new Dixon Finance Department.

Since November, she has worked with Meyer preparing the tax levy, completing financial projections, and creating the city’s budget, the release said.

“Paula recruited Becky, and has done a great job of preparing her for this opportunity,” said Langloss, whose job it was to appoint Meyer’s successor.

Her immediate goals include better acclimating herself to her new duties; she does have some new workflow and efficiencies in mind for payroll and other areas, Fredericks said.

Langloss met with Meyer and City Council members to discuss the position, and had two veteran finance director consultants interview Fredericks, he said in the release.

“We are very fortunate to have someone like Becky on our team. She is a progressive leader who has really helped transform our Finance Department. She is a great fit for this position.”

With Frederick’s hire, “the Dixon leadership team is in place,” Langloss added, noting three other of his recent appointments: Steven Howell, chief of police, replacing Langloss; Matt Heckman, assistant city manager (a newly created position) and director of public works, and Matt Huyett, water manager.

Meyer, 53, hired in 2012 in the wake of former City Comptroller Rita Crundwell’s $53.7 million embezzlement scheme, oversaw the installation of the new accounting software and restructured staffing and financial policies and procedures, putting new layers of oversight in place.

She also helped prioritize what the city should do with Crundwell recovery funds, which included paying off about $21 million in debt and establishing a safety net of reserve funds.

She won the Republican spot for Lee County treasurer in the March 20 primary and is running unopposed in November.

Her last day with the city is May 4, and she likely will take over as treasurer in December, replacing John Fritts, who is retiring after more than 20 years in the position.