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City names new finance commissioner

Caitlin Rickard • Updated Oct 3, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Mayor Philip Craighead announced Thursday that Robert Springer would take over the position as the new commissioner of finance for the city of Lebanon.

Springer would replace Russell Lee, who died in July after a long battle with cancer.

Craighead said he knew replacing Lee would be difficult and reached out to local CPAs for recommendations and to help review applications.

Craighead said three individuals, “all of which I believe would have brought great assets to our city,” were interviewed

He then said the top candidate became obvious.

“My selection for this job is a person who is already in touch with the pulse of our city,” Craighead said. “He is one who cares deeply for individuals and has the background to meet all the requirements of this challenging and demanding job.  Like Russell, he will be one who will be responsive to your needs for information.  He is a very direct and to-the-point kind of guy who has the uncanny ability to think outside the box.”

According to Craighead, Springer has served as Alabama’s state U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency executive director and the executive director of state operations for the USDA Farm Service Agency in Washington, D.C.

Springer has worked in Lebanon for the past eight and a half years as the executive director of Hearthside, a senior retirement community.

Springer will have his official swearing-in ceremony before the Nov. 5 Lebanon City Council meeting.

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