Karen Sybert has joined the city of Powell as its new finance director.

Karen Sybert has joined the city of Powell as its new finance director.

Sybert, who was appointed by City Council in August and started her new job Sept. 3, replaces the retired Debra Miller.

"We're excited to welcome Karen to the city of Powell," said City Manager Steve Lutz in a statement. "Karen is an accomplished finance professional with a strong knowledge and foundation in accounting, financial management and budgeting."

Sybert most recently served as the assistant treasurer for the Shaker Heights School District, a post she has held since 2009. Prior to that, she served as the treasurer for Berkshire Local and Rootstown Local school districts. In all, she has more than 20 years of experience in governmental accounting.

It's a busy time of year for financial matters, in particular as the budgeting process gets underway. Sybert said she's looking forward to the work.

"The budget process is one of the most important undertakings of the year. It is integral to make quality decisions during the process," she said. "I am fortunate to work alongside the city manager, the finance committee, the council and an experienced finance department staff to help develop a prudent budget for the city from the start.

"I understand the importance of developing a realistic, fiscally prudent budget. I enjoy the process as well as the process of forecasting for the future."

Sybert and her husband moved to Powell in August. Her two grown children live in Kent and Nashville, Tennessee, although she has two nieces who live in the Powell area with their families.

"I enjoy (Powell's) quaint downtown as well as having access to many activities like the zoo and sporting events," Sybert said, adding she is looking forward to milder winters than she is used to in northeast Ohio.

Sybert's stating salary will be $100,000 per year, and she'll be offered a benefits package.

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