Kara Skinner will be the city of Colorado Springs’ new chief financial officer, according to a press release from Mayor Steve Bach’s office.

Skinner will be confirmed by City Council at their formal meeting June 12.

She was acting as interim finance and budget director, and has been with the city since 2006. The press release said she was chosen from more than 125 national and local candidates.

Skinner started as a principal analyst in the budget office. She served as interim finance director from July 2011 to February 2012 and then as interim budget director from late February 2012 until this promotion to CFO.

She began her career in 1989 as a utility analyst at the Maine Public Utilities Commission. She also worked at the Hawaiian Electric Company and as an economist at the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. Skinner has also taught at both the high school and college level.

Skinner earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master’s degree in economics from Duke University. Her salary will be $135,000 annually.

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