City names new Chief Fiscal Officer

Kansas native Brandon Kauffman will soon put his roots in Topeka to provide oversight for the Capital City’s $235 million budget, City Manager Jim Colson announced Monday (1/27).  Kauffman will start as the City’s Chief Fiscal Officer and Controller/Treasurer on February 24th, 2014.

“Our goal is to build a strong leadership foundation, centered in individuals who share our vision for the future of this community,” Colson said.  “Brandon has the technical skills to achieve operational success, and he will help strengthen the Finance Department to increase performance measurement and accountability.”

Kauffman comes to Topeka from Butler County, Kansas, where he served as Finance Director since 2009.  Kauffman was also named Assistant County Administrator there in 2012.  In Butler County, Kauffman provided oversight for a $44 million budget and coordinated an annual $38 million, five-year capital improvement plan.  With Kauffman’s leadership, Butler County received the Government Finance Officers Association budget award for four years.

Kauffman has also worked as a budget analyst and a neighborhood assistant for the City of Wichita.  He graduated from Hutchinson High School and Kansas State, going on to earn his Master in Public Administration from Wichita State University.

The City of Topeka utilized a competitive hiring process to fill this position.  It’s the third recent addition to the City’s financial leadership team.  Doug Gerber will start as the City’s Financial and Administrative Services Director in March.  Budget Manager Nickie Lee started with the City in January.

“One of the critical elements of a successful organization is effective financial and budget management,” Colson said.  “The City has put a significant focus on ensuring the leadership and staff is in place to accomplish this.”

Kauffman and his wife Sarah have been married for 11 years and have five children.  They enjoy family time, watching basketball, coaching basketball and cheering for K-State and Wichita State.

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