City's finance director says goodbye

By Geoff Lee

January 27, 2016 2:16 PM

City finance director Nicole Reiniger is leaving her job to spend time with her family. City manager Glenn Carroll said she will be missed.

City finance director Nicole Reiniger will be going from preparing million dollar annual budgets for Lloydminster to her family’s grocery budget.
Reiniger is resigning her position effective Feb. 5. eager to spend more time with her husband and two young children.
“I am really looking forward to it,” she said outside Council Chambers where she guided the city’s 2016 budget to approval on Dec. 3.
“My kids are looking forward to it, so I am very excited.”
Reiniger met with media last Wednesday to talk more about her decision a day after the city issued a news release without much detail.
“I have fought long and hard and this has been a very difficult, but personal decision to step down from the city and step away from my position” she said.
While she couldn’t pinpoint how long she’s been thinking about it, she noted her path became clear while spending time at home over the holiday break.
“Over Christmas, I did a lot of reflection and a lot of discussion with my family and we’ve decided this is the step we need to take for us as a family,” she said.
Reiniger will wind up her career with the city helping to transition finance responsibilities to Lisa Buchan who became acting director finance and information systems Monday.
Prior to this week Buchan was general manager finance and information systems.
“My understanding is that Lisa Buchan will be taking over the acting director role until a permanent replacement can be found,” said Reiniger.
The out-going finance director said she had no tips to pass to her successor.
“No we’re just going to be really focusing on transitioning for the next few weeks to make sure we’ve got her in a position that she can move forward.”
Reiniger started her career with the city as manager of finance more than four years ago last October dealing with “anything to do with the finances of the city” as she put it.
“The highlight for me working for the city has been a huge learning opportunity for me and i’ve gotten to work with some excellent people here at the city.
“I think that’s been the hardest part for me realizing,” she said.
I won’t be working with these people every day.”
Reiniger described her career as a personal journey and getting to meet a lot of great people on and off the job.
She went to say it’s the relationships she’s built that she is most proud of and will miss the most.
In the news release, city manager Glenn Carroll said, “Nicole has been a tremendous asset to our team and will be missed at the City of Lloydminster.
“We wish Nicole the very best of luck and the greatest of success in all her future endeavours.”
Reiniger laughed at the notion of a party for her.
“I might have my own party,” she said.
“We’re going to go fairly low key that’s for sure.”

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