Asheville’s chief financial officer resigns

Ben Durant, Asheville's chief financial officer, is resigning to take a job at Elizabeth City State University, the city announced March 19. The change means Asheville must now conduct a nationwide search for a new budget point person even as it faces a projected $3 million to $5 million deficit in the next fiscal year.

After a 12-year stint with the city, Durant is leaving to take a position as vice chancellor of business and finance at ECSU, in his hometown. He's been a familiar face at City Council meetings recently, keeping elected officials informed about the scope and nature of the budget crunch and repeatedly asserting that the city is at a "financial crossroads" where it can't afford to rule out such measures as increasing property taxes. At the most recent Council meeting, Durant announced that proposed cuts could bring the budget gap down to $3 million.

Durant's resignation will take effect April 15, and Administrative Services Director Lauren Bradley will take over his role while the city hunts for a permanent replacement.

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3 thoughts on “Asheville’s chief financial officer resigns

  1. unit1073

    Isn’t Finance responsible for monitoring City expenditures? Must just be a coincidence that he resigned after it became public that his department failed to audit the Health Saving Accounts.

  2. unit1073

    Isn’t Finance responsible for monitoring City expenditures? Must just be a coincidence that he resigned after it became public that his department failed to audit the Health Saving Accounts.

  3. ashevillelokel

    Even more interesting now that 4 employees of the HR Department are now indicted with numerous felony charges, including fraud and obstruction of justice ….. I wonder if the Mayor, City Council or Mr (run from the cameras) Jackson will have a statement for the public.

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