Lake Charles longtime finance director is retiring


Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – The city of Lake Charles announced the resignation of longtime finance director Karen Harrel.

Harrell will retire on Friday, December 31st, the city said.

Harrell served a total of eight mayor’s offices and was named finance director in 2007, according to the city.

During her tenure, she steered the city’s finance ship through economic downturns, economic booms, and a host of natural disasters, including hurricanes, ice storms, and historic rain events, the city said.

“A finance director can be an unsung hero at times,” said Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter. “The position can be ungrateful. I am very confident that the City of Lake Charles is better off today thanks to the service and dedication of Karen Harrell, and we owe her thanks. “

“MS. We will miss Harrell’s commitment to the City of Lake Charles very much. During her decades of service, Karen has worked to ensure that the City of Lake Charles is run through sound and ethical financial practices,” said City Administrator John Cardone. Being an excellent public money manager has helped keep the city’s services at the level our citizens deserve even in the face of unforeseen circumstances such as a global pandemic and multiple natural disasters. It was a pleasure to have such a dedicated and professional We have been very fortunate to have Ms. Harrell on our team and we wish her all the best for her retirement. “

“MS. Harrell has served the City of Lake Charles with honor. The city council is responsible for approving the annual operating and capital budgets of the City of Lake Charles and approving a variety of expenses at each of our regular public meetings,” said Rodney Geyen, president of Lake Charles City Council. “MS. Harrell’s expertise, transparency and professionalism are things that have given us the confidence to cast votes that will best serve our constituents. Your work is highly praised by the city council. We will miss her very much, but we wish her good health and happiness in her retirement. “

The city announced that after Harrell’s retirement, Emily McDaniel has been named chief financial officer.

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