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Debbi Lauchner most recently served as finance director in Reno, Nevada, a city of about 250,000.

PMG FILE PHOTO - A new finance director is joining the management team at Beaverton City Hall.Beaverton has found its new city finance director.

City Manager Jenny Haruyama has selected Debbi Lauchner, who has experience leading the finance department in larger cities in California and Nevada, to join Beaverton's management team, according to a Wednesday, Sept. 14, announcement.

Lauchner most recently worked as finance director in Reno, Nevada. Reno is the Silver State's third-largest city, with a population just over 250,000.

Prior to her four years in Reno, Lauchner worked as chief financial officer in Santa Rosa, California, with a population over 175,000.

Beaverton has nearly 100,000 residents, making it Washington County's second-largest city and one of Portland's most populous suburbs.

"I'm really excited to move to the Beaverton community and I look forward to making a contribution toward its successful future," Lauchner said in a statement.

Lauchner was fired in March, midway through Reno's budgeting process, according to local television station KRNV News 4. City officials declined to give a reason for her termination at the time.

Haruyama came to Beaverton last year as its first permanent city manager. Before voters approved a new city charter in 2020, the mayor held most of the manager's duties.

Before being hired in Beaverton, Haruyama was city manager of Tracy, California, about a two-hour drive southeast of Santa Rosa.

Lauchner has over 20 years of experience in fiscal management, something Haruyama highlighted in announcing her hiring.

"Debbi has years of experience that is sure to guide Beaverton as we begin a new chapter," said Haruyama in a statement. "I'm confident that she will help the city meet its future financial goals and continue our mission of responsible and transparent public stewardship."

Lauchner is expected to start work Oct. 3.

She succeeds Patrick O'Claire, who retired this year after 28 years at Beaverton City Hall.

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