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Detroit fills treasurer role after Szymanski steps down

Nicquel Terry
The Detroit News

The city of Detroit has hired a new deputy chief financial officer and treasurer who used to work for Wayne County.

Officials announced Friday that Christa McLellan was hired for both roles and will officially start on Monday.

McLellan succeeds former deputy CFO and Treasurer David Szymanski, who was asked to step down because of a lack of experience with finance operations.

Szymanski is moving to a newly created position with Detroit’s Land Bank Authority.

McLellan will be responsible for leading the city’s tax division and treasury operations. Some of her top priorities will be improving revenue collection efforts and rolling out a new Citizens Tax Center to assist residents with paying their taxes and conducting other city business more seamlessly.

She previously served as the Deputy Treasurer of Finance for the Wayne County’s Treasurer’s Office.

“We are excited to have Christa join our team and the City of Detroit,” Chief Financial Officer John W. Hill said. “Her extensive municipal government experience and specific experience in tax, finance and revenue collections will further our efforts to build a financial foundation for the city and ensure it has the tools and resources to address its current and future financial needs.”