, Salem, MA

March 14, 2013

Salem mayor picks new finance director

By Bethany Bray

---- — SALEM — Mayor Kim Driscoll will recommend a new finance director at tonight’s City Council meeting.

Driscoll’s pick is Sarah Stanton, Woburn’s purchasing director. Previously, she worked for the city of Haverhill and the towns of Ipswich and Amesbury.

If confirmed by the City Council, Stanton will replace Richard Viscay, who worked as Salem’s finance director/city auditor for close to seven years.

Stanton is a Massachusetts certified public purchasing official and is experienced in City-Stat, a goal-based budgeting program that Salem recently adopted.

“Sarah has a strong financial background along with broad experience in all phases of municipal government,” Driscoll said in a press release. “I know that Sarah would hit the ground running in Salem, and we are excited at the prospect of bringing her on board our senior management team.”

Besides managing the day-to-day financial business of the city, the finance/auditing department oversees purchasing, parking, assessing, collecting and the treasury.

Viscay resigned in January to become chief financial officer for the city of Everett.