EAST LANSING, Mich. –Finance Director Mary Haskell is retiring this month after 17 years of dedicated service to the City of East Lansing.
Haskell began working for the City in November 1999 as the deputy treasurer and was soon promoted to budget and accounting administrator in 2001. In May 2005, she was promoted again to serve as the Finance Department’s new director. Prior to her service with the City, Haskell worked in public accounting. She graduated from MSU with high honors in 1987 and received her CPA license from the State of Michigan in 1998.
During the more than 10 years that Haskell has served as director, the Finance Department has annually received the Government Finance Officers Association’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Additionally, Haskell has received several other awards and recognitions, including a letter of commendation from the City in 2000 for excellent work during her first year as the deputy treasurer, a letter of recognition from the City in 2001 for her work on the National Folk Festival, a Certificate of Achievement from the East Lansing Public Schools in 2003 for her work on the ELPS Budget Information Committee and the City’s 2003 Employee of the Year Award.
During her years of service to the City, Haskell also worked with the Prime Time Seniors’ Program in 2006 to achieve accreditation from the National Institute of Senior Centers and has participated in the City’s Health Care Task Force since its inception. Over the past year, she has also participated in the work of the East Lansing Financial Health Review Team.
“Mary has been a consummate professional and a leader in her field. It has been a pleasure to work alongside her all of these years and we wish her all the best in retirement,” said East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas.
Mary’s last day of work with the City of East Lansing is December 30, 2016.