City of Oak Harbor fills director job

The new finance director will begin work later this month.

Oak Harbor has selected a new finance director to fill the position that has been vacant since August.

Mayor Bob Severns appointed David Goldman as the city’s new finance director after Patricia Soule, the former finance director, left this summer.

Mike Bailey, a CPA from the Municipal Research and Service Center, has served as interim finance director while the city searched for a permanent replacement.

The city paid $13,000 a month for Bailey to manage the finance department and consult on potential improvements to its financial functions while he worked for the city.

The city interviewed 10 candidates for the job and ultimately selected Goldman, according to Human Resources Director Emma House.

Goldman will be paid $134,064 a year to oversee the city’s coffers.

Before coming to Oak Harbor, Goldman worked as the deputy director of finance and administration for the City of Kirkland for a year. Before that, he worked for the Sacramento Regional Transit District and the City of Miramar, Fla., both in management and budgetary director roles.

He holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning and is working on a doctorate degree in public administration focusing on policy, finance and taxation.

“That was intriguing – not maybe the normal for the finance guy, but it’s a nice touch,” said Councilmember Joel Servatius of Goldman’s education.

The council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Goldman during the Oct. 6 city council meeting.

The new finance director is anticipated to start work on Oct. 26, said House.

More in News

Coupeville Middle School students are returning to campus, but not for class

Students in grades 6-8 will return to campus on March 8 in the afternoons for two days a week.

Camano man accused of murder appears in court

The man was accused of shooting two people, killing one, at a Camano Island home on Feb. 28.

House passes ban on certain police use-of-force tactics

Chokeholds are prohibited, car are chases limited and military equipment is not allowed.

High court ruling in drug possession case has multitude of implications

Sheriff Rick Felici said an inmate at the jail on a felony drug possession case would be released.

UW professor floats idea for tunnel between Whidbey, Mukilteo

The underwater alternative to the state’s ferry system involves a tunnel 610 feet below sea level.

WhidbeyHealth EMS, North Whidbey Fire and Rescue, a Navy Search and Rescue team and state parks personnel all responded to the call for help. Photo provided by NWFR.
With tide rising, girl, 10, rescued from mud Sunday

The water was up to the girl’s shoulders by the time rescuers were able to free her.

Nine deer, including these three, showed up at Coupeville Town Hall on Feb. 23. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Deer ordinance may be in the works for Coupeville

One resident said the sheer amount of deer urine is “overwhelming” and creates puddles at his door.

The Whidbey Scenic Isle Way runs through Greenbank, with water views. Photo by Sherrye Wyatt
Scenic byway earns national designation

T he Cascade Loop, including the Whidbey Scenic Isle Way, is now a National Scenic Byway.

Most Read