Blaine appoints new finance director
By Marisa Willis
Jeffrey Lazenby has been appointed to fill Meredith Riley’s position as finance director for the city of Blaine. Riley retired at the end of 2008 after 20 years with the city.
Lazenby started his new position January 2 and said he plans to focus on public service and giving back to his community.
As finance director, Lazenby will be responsible for protecting the long-term economic viability of the city, acting as a safeguard to the city’s funds and ensuring all funds are spent as wisely as possible.
The California native said he is looking forward to becoming intensely involved in the workings of Blaine, a city in which he and his family have lived in for three years. He said he sees his new position as an opportunity to grow with the city.
“To be able to give back to the community and feel I am adding something to this area is very important to me,” Lazenby said. “I’ve always had the desire to give back to the community and be actively a part of the community.
“This position is just one way for me to do that.”
In California, Lazenby developed a six-year background in budgeting and financial analysis.
In 1997, he received a bachelor’s degree from Southern California’s Vanguard University and in 2003 earned his Master of Public Administration from California State University, Fullerton.
Lazenby served as the administrative analysis for the city of La Habra’s public works department, and later dealt with staff analysis, budgeting and payroll for the Riverside and Orange counties.
Lazenby, along with his wife and two children, moved from California to Blaine in the fall of 2005 to be closer to family who live in the area.
His 11-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son are in the Blaine school system.
Blaine city manager Gary Tomsic, who was involved in Lazenby’s hiring, said his enthusiasm and potential is what set him apart from the other candidates. Tomsic said Lazenby had the best understanding and vision that the job of finance director entailed.
“Jeff has embraced and truly believes in public service,” Tomsic said. “It’s not just a job for him, but what he wants to do with his life. I hope his work here launches his career into the public sector and hopefully a large portion of that time will be spent with us.”