Archive for Thursday, November 8, 2007

Finance director returning to Texas

November 8, 2007

For the past 16 years, it's been back and forth for William Lundberg between the city closest to family and the city he loves.

After seven years as the Lansing city administrator, from 1991 to 1998, Lundberg returned home to Texas to be near family. He couldn't stay away too long though, and returned last year to take over the city's newly created finance director position.

Well he's leaving again this December for Plano, Texas, to be closer to family, but Lundberg said it will be sad saying goodbye once more to a city that has given him some of his most rewarding years.

It's the people and the community that Lundberg said he would miss most about working in Lansing. He said whether people remember him, all that matters is that the residents and city officials stay committed to the growth and development of Lansing.

"I think there's a spark in Lansing that was here before I came and will certainly outlive me," he said. "I've just been pleased to participate and be a part of it."

While in his current finance director position, Lundberg has worked on such projects as the city's annual budget, the Towne Center development, setting up a capital improvement program for funds generated by the city's share of the countywide sales tax and initiating funding for the municipal building and City Park.

Lundberg and his wife, Sabrina, will move at the end of December, but the looming date hasn't changed his dedication to the job. Lundberg said he has been too busy to even think about finding a new job and would take time to settle back into Texas before re-evaluating what kind of position he would like to take on in the future.

But whatever job may be next for Lundberg, he said he would definitely be back to Lansing to visit as much as possible. Not only does he want to keep in contact with the friends he's made here, but also he said he'd like to check up on how plans are going for the city as a whole.

"It's always a pleasure when you've invested time to come back and see how its grown and developed," he said.

While City Administrator Mike Smith said he understands Lundberg's reasons for leaving, Smith admits it will be sad to see Lundberg go.

"Will came up at a time when I really needed to have someone with his expertise," Smith said. "He's just been a great asset to the team and he will be missed."

Smith said that Lundberg is the type of person who never gives up and keeps looking for the best possible solution to a problem. He said Lundberg has given him great advice concerning the city budget and has managed to make the monitoring of city funds run smoother since coming to the position.

Smith has been searching for Lundberg's replacement and has narrowed the applicants to two candidates. He will conduct final interviews this week and said he hoped to have someone hired by Dec. 1 so Lundberg has time to meet and talk with the new employee.

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