City Council Approves Hire of Todd Harman as New Director of Finance

Todd HarmanThe West Plains City Council unanimously approved the hire of Todd Harman of Prairie Village, Kansas as the new Director of Finance during a special closed session meeting October 22.

Harman, a Certified Public Accountant, began his professional career as a financial analyst at Ozarks Medical Center in 2006.  From there, he has spent over a decade in various senior auditor and audit manager roles auditing governmental entities, not-for-profit entities, publicly-held financial services companies, mutual funds, and a privately-held life insurance company.  He is currently employed as an Assurance Senior Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) of Kansas City, Missouri.  Harman has over 12 years of professional experience in accounting, finance, and auditing, making him an ideal fit to oversee all the financial aspects of the City of West Plains.

Harman’s career includes leading teams ranging from 4-8 people, preparing and monitoring budgets ranging from $200k to $9 million, and serving as an audit manager directing major projects. His auditing experience, in fact, includes making process improvement recommendations in areas such as cash management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, general accounting, investments accounting, financial reporting, and internal control design and implementation for many governmental and not-for-profit entities.

Harman is expected to begin his duties with the City of West Plains on December 10.

He describes himself as being “analytical, with problem solving skills, honest, hardworking, self-motivated, and a team player.” Harman emphasized his communication abilities as one of his key professional strengths.

Harman, who is originally from Camanche, Iowa, earned his undergraduate degree (a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting) from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, and two graduate degrees (a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Science degree in finance) from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.  He and his wife have three children.

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