City Council received official notice today that City Treasurer and Director of Corporate Services Corey Wight will be retiring in 2018, bringing to a close his 28-year career with the City of Lethbridge.
"Mr. Wight's financial acumen, his attention to detail and his extensive financial planning and budget experience have been extremely valuable for the current City Council as well as previous councils he has worked with," says Mayor Chris Spearman. "We appreciate his unwavering support and dedication to the City of Lethbridge."
Wight joined the City of Lethbridge in 1990 as Finance Supervisor. In 2004, he was promoted to Manager of Financial Planning and Budget and was appointed City Treasurer and Director of Corporate Services in July 2008. His last day as City Treasurer will be January 2, 2018, and he will continue as Director of Corporate Services until his retirement in the summer of 2018.
"I am so thankful to have had such a rewarding career in public service," says Wight. "I have worked with some of the best and brightest and will leave knowing that our employees will continue to work hard to meet the needs of the community. The next chapter of my life will include spending a lot more time with my wife, my children and grandchildren and finding new ways to serve in our great community."
During his time as City Treasurer, Wight placed great emphasis on forward-focused financial planning and budgeting as well as the City's award-winning, multi-year operating budget process. He has also played a key role in developing financial strategies such as the City's Pay-As-You-Go Program that have contributed greatly to Lethbridge's financial stability.
City Council has appointed Hailey Pinksen as the City Treasurer effective January 2, 2018. Pinksen has served as the Manager of Financial Planning & Budget for the City of Lethbridge for the past 10 years. In addition to her professional qualifications as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Pinksen has extensive experience with financial management, planning and budgeting for the City of Lethbridge. As City Treasurer, she will oversee the Financial Services department as well as all City financial issues and budgets. Her appointment as City Treasurer at this time will provide important continuity to the operating budget process, which will begin in January and conclude in December of 2018.
Gerald Gauthier, Communications Consultant
City of Lethbridge
403-320-3080 | Gerald.Gauthier@lethbridge.ca