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Posted on: February 21, 2017

Finance Director Retires After 13 Years; Council Approves New Director

Director of Finance Dan SmithCreve Coeur Director of Finance, Dan Smith, retired on Tuesday, February 28 after serving the city since 2003.

Under Smith’s leadership, Creve Coeur has experienced more than 10 years in which operating revenues have exceeded operating expenditures. He has used his financial expertise to spearhead several financial initiatives resulting in substantial savings for the city including the refinancing and early retirement of the Millennium Park debt as well as the issuance of 2004 bonds which saved the city over $100,000.

In his 13-year tenure, he has led the city to be among a select group of cities to receive recognitions from the Government Finance Officers’ Association (GFOA) in all three categories including Popular Annual Financial Report (2005-present), Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting (2003-present) and Distinguished Budget Award (2003-present).

“Dan has had a profound impact on the city’s financial stability,” said Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz. “He is an invaluable leader in local and state finances, and I thank him for his service to our community.”

Smith has worked in municipal government for the majority of his 41-year professional career including serving as the City Administrator for the cities of O’Fallon and Branson, Missouri as well as Finance Director for the cities of Meadville, Pennsylvania and Fairborn, Ohio. He became a certified public accountant in 1988. In 2015, he was recognized by his peers with the Missouri GFOA Excellence in Government Award. 

“Dan is the consummate professional. He has always put the city’s interests first. His contributions to Creve Coeur over his 13 years of service have been enormous,” said City Administrator Mark Perkins.

On February 13, Creve Coeur City Council approved the hiring of Tracy Hansen as the new Finance Director. Hansen is a certified public accountant and has over 16 years of experience in an array of accounting functions.

Director of Finance Tracy Hansen“We are excited to have Tracy join the Creve Coeur team,” said Perkins. “Her extensive experience in local government finance will be an asset to the city.”

Hansen previously served six years as the Finance Director for the City of Des Peres where she oversaw the budget process and the implementation of new accounting software. She has also served as the Controller for Congregation B’nai Amoona and an Accounting Clerk with Mirowitz Real Estate Investments, Inc.

“The City of Creve Coeur is known for its strong financial reputation,” said Hansen. “I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to the city’s continued financial success.”

Hansen obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Maryville University in 2006 and became a certified public accountant in 2007. She will assume her full-time role on March 13.
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