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Letters, April 27

Finance director is key

As a veteran member of the Ashland Citizens’ Budget Committee, I am deeply disturbed by statements made by city officials in announcing the resignation of budget officer, Finance and Administrative Services Director Mark Welch.

The cavalier manner in which this important position is treated is wrong. Ashland sorely needs someone in City Hall watching out for the interests of taxpayers and ratepayers.

To say that there is no urgency in filling the position, that we’ll get around to it sometime, should be of concern to everyone in our city.

In two years, Welch has produced budget documents with more transparency that ever before, he’s been responsive to questions from citizens and Budget Committee members, and has produced a proposed budget for 2019-21 that is a sound starting point for committee discussions this year.

He will be missed, and the challenge to city officials is to find someone else with the same commitment to the financial sustainability of Ashland.

David Runkel


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