Patience and qualifications have paid off for Anne Kelly-Lenz who has been named city finance director. She had been serving in an acting capacity. News release from Mayor Bil Finch:
Mayor Bill Finch today named Anne Kelly-Lenz to the permanent post of Finance Director for the City of Bridgeport. Ms. Kelly-Lenz had been serving as Acting Finance Director since the departure earlier this year of Dawn Norton.
Ms. Kelly-Lenz has served Bridgeport as Treasurer since 2005 and Tax Collector since 2006. Prior to joining the City of Bridgeport, she served as Treasurer and as a consultant in the Town of Stratford from 2003-05.
Before her work with municipalities, Ms. Kelly-Lenz worked in the private sector as an accounting manager for Long Term Capital Management and JWM Partners, both hedge funds located in Greenwich. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master’s degree in Education both from Sacred Heart University. She is a certified Tax Collector in the state of Connecticut.
“Anne is a top-notch finance professional, and brings a great deal of financial expertise to the table,” said Mayor Finch. “I am pleased to have her on my leadership team and I look forward to continuing our work together to move the City forward.”
As Finance Director, Ms. Kelly-Lenz is responsible for planning and preparing all official statements for short and long-term financing as well as the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). She will oversee 56 employees in all financial departments including, Treasury, Comptroller, Purchasing, Tax Collector and Tax Assessor and the City’s in-house Print Shop.
“This position is a logical extension of my work in the private sector and in municipalities,” said Ms. Kelly-Lenz. “I have a great team working with me, including the Acting Tax Collector Veronica Jones and Acting Deputy Finance Director Terri Coward.”
Ms. Jones, the former Deputy Tax Collector, was named Acting Tax Collector in May 2012 to succeed Kelly-Lenz. Jones has been employed by the City for 18 years, serving as a cashier, accounting clerk and brief stint as a Tax Assessment Clerk. She became the Acting Deputy Tax Collector on 2009, and in February 2012 she became the Deputy Tax Collector. She holds an Associate’s degree from Housatonic Community College, and is a Certified Connecticut Municipal Tax Collector.
Ms. Coward serves as Acting Deputy Finance Director. Coward, a Bridgeport native, joined the Finance Department in 2011 as Chief Accountant, after a career in the private sector with stints at Sikorsky Aircraft, Fortress Investment Group and GE Corporate Finance.