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KCMO Finance Director retires

Randy Landes saluted for 30 years of public service

Post Date:08/14/2019 2:03 PM

NEWS RELEASE
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 14, 2019

Finance Director Randy Landes started at City Hall as a municipal management trainee on Aug. 9, 1989. He worked his way up, including serving 15 years as City Treasurer, until he became director of the Finance Department in January 2010.

Last week Landes celebrated his 30th anniversary at City Hall, and he decided to retire after putting the city’s financial structure on solid footing. His last day will be Sept. 13.

“I think I leave the city in a good place. We have a plan, we have money in the bank, and the Finance Department has excellent professionals at every level,” Landes said.

Known for his dry humor and disciplined approach to finance, Landes’ leadership achieved multiple goals:

  • Built the city’s reserve fund to $100 million, the largest in city history, and matched the governmental best practice of having two months of spending saved in the “rainy day” fund.
  • Helped create and implement the Five-Year Citywide Business Plan
  • Helped initiate the GO KC bonds funding, improved the pension outlook, and maintained a strong credit rating.
  • Employee satisfaction in the finance department rated highest ever in our internal survey

Landes was honored by the Kansas City Business Journal as a 2017 CFO of the Year.

Under his leadership, the department won multiple national awards from the Government Finance Officers Association, including for community engagement, budget presentation and financial reporting.

City Manager Troy Schulte said Landes has the ability to navigate the tough financial waters.

“Randy has set the standard for what government CFOs can accomplish,” Schulte said. “He’s gotten big projects done while protecting the city’s credit rating. I don’t think there’s any peer in the country with his track record of accomplishments, and of making a city more financially stable.”

Schulte has appointed Finance Deputy Director Tammy Queen as interim finance director. Queen has worked with the city for 24 years, starting as an accountant in the water department. She served as City Treasurer prior to becoming deputy director. Queen is a Certified Treasury Professional with a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Missouri, and an MBA from UMKC, as well as a professional certification awarded by the National Automated Clearing House Association. 

For more information, please contact Chris Hernandez, City Communications Director, at 816-513-1507.

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