Changes in City’s Finance Department August 08, 2018

Due to the recent retirement of former Finance Director Susanne Baker, Amy Kinnaman was appointed as Acting Finance Director to temporarily help the Finance Department during this period of transition. Kinnaman joined the City’s Finance Department in December of 2008 and has worked in various roles within the City’s Finance Department; most recently serving as the Deputy Finance Director. Kinnaman will assist with the training of the City’s new Finance Director and Deputy Finance Director through February 2019. Kinnaman’s husband recently retired from the United States Coast Guard after serving more than 24 years. Following her tenure as acting Finance Director, they plan to return to their home of record in Alaska. 

The Finance Department promoted Nicki Rutherford to Interim Deputy Finance Director in March 2018 in preparation for transitioning to Finance Director later this year. Rutherford was hired in May of 2014 and has worked various roles within the City’s Finance Department.  She has greatly contributed to the accounting functions of the City. The City and its citizens benefit considerably with the knowledge Rutherford brings to the Finance Department through her many years as an auditor and government accounting experience.

Melissa Olson was recently promoted to Deputy Finance Director.  She began working at the City of Coos Bay as a temporary accountant in 2015, returned to the City at the end of 2016, and has worked in various roles within the Finance Department; most recently serving as the Intermediate Accountant. Olson has worked in the field of accounting for 23 years. Additionally, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2014 from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Olson has a long background in payroll, banking, and accounting and we look forward to her applying her knowledge.


PHOTOS (Left to Right): Amy Kinnaman, Acting Finance Director; Nicki Rutherford will become the Finance Director later this year; and Melissa Olson, Deputy Finance Director.