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City Names Xenia Bradford as New Finance Director

Post Date:07/26/2017 9:41 AM

Xenia Bradford, who has served the City admirably as Interim Finance Director for the past year, has been appointed to the permanent Finance Director position.

In that role, Bradford will continue to oversee all operations of the Finance Department, including accounting, purchasing, business tax, and City investments, as well as financial planning. She will also oversee the project to replace the City’s financial system.

She had previously served the City as Budget Manager for roughly a year, where she was responsible for formulating and monitoring the City’s budget.

“The Finance Department is off to such a great start this year with record-setting participation in the budget process,” Bradford said. “I look forward to continuing to contribute to the success of the community in a permanent capacity.”

Prior to her time with the City of San Luis Obispo, she served as Director of Finance and Administration at a Goleta-based geographic information systems and educational products company and as a Fiscal and Policy Analyst for County of Santa Barbara.

Bradford has a master’s degree in public policy from the Graduate School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, a master’s degree in economics from UC Santa Barbara, and a law degree from Santa Barbara College of Law. Her undergraduate degree, from UC Santa Barbara, is in business/economics/accounting. As Finance Director, she will report to City Manager Katie Lichtig.

“I’ve been impressed with Xenia’s work, making it an easy decision to offer her this position,” City Manager Katie Lichtig said. “In this role, she will continue to use her significant municipal finance skills and training as an economist to identify important financial trends. I have confidence that she will help the City prepare for the future, seize opportunities and address challenges in a thoughtful and strategic way.”

Her salary will be $138,502 per year. She will manage 14.5 staff with an annual operating budget of $2.2 million.

CONTACT:        Katie Lichtig, City Manager, (805) 781-7114,

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