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New leadership will take the reins of the City of Minot Finance Department in April. DavidLakefield, a local Certified Public Accountant, has been named the new Finance Director for theCity and will begin his tenure on April 3.
“We’re really excited to have David join our team,” says City Manager, Tom Barry. “He brings abroad skill set that will be very beneficial for our Finance Department and the City of Minot.”
Mr. Lakefield has owned and operated his own business, Liberty Tax Service, since 2003. Hespent eight years as an educator in accounting and finance at Minot State University, the Univer-sity of Mary and Central Michigan University. Before that he was previously employed at MLTVacations as an Accounts Payable Supervisor. Before changing careers, David spent time protect-ing and serving the community as a Patrol officer, Narcotics investigator and was a member ofthe City of Minot SWAT team. He served in the Minot Police Department for nine years.
“It’s exciting to come back to the City of Minot,” says Lakefield. “No doubt the City has a lot onits plate right now, but I’m excited to be part of the leadership that gets to move our communityinto the next chapter.”
Lakefield points to the current Flood Control project as a top priority.
“It’s the elephant in the room, so to speak, it needs to be at the forefront of my mind,” says Lake-field.
As the new Finance Director, Mr. Lakefield’s role will be to manage all of the City's assets, in-cluding the development of the annual budget. He will also be tasked with conducting bondsales, sitting on various pension boards and having responsibility for the City's internal financialcontrols.