Rachel Slusser has been named the new finance director for the City of Portland. She replaces retiring Doug Yoeckel, whose last day was Friday, Feb. 5. She comes from a similar position with the City of Greenbrier, where she worked for more than 13 years.
She began her career in government for the City of White House as an accounting specialist from 2005 to 2007.
In her position at Greenbrier, she wore many hats. While she served as head of the finance department and city recorder, she often served in the role of city administrator. In addition, she was often called upon to handle many IT situations, and she handled a number of human resource responsibilities.
Slusser earned an Associate’s Degree from Volunteer State Community College with an emphasis in accounting, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2007. She became a Certified Municipal Finance Officer from Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) in 2010. She earned a Master’s Degree from Walden University in Public Administration in 2015.
Mayor Mike Callis said, “We are glad to have her. She is experienced in local government, and comes to us with very positive recommendations.”
According to Slusser, city finance is the same everywhere. There are clear rules for what government should do. She describes herself as a rule follower. She feels that her main role as she begins will be to learn the particular policies and procedures of the city.
In addition, she recognizes the excellent situation that Yoeckel leaves the financial department and said that, “if it’s not broke, there is no need to break it to fix it.”
Slusser has several outside interest and hobbies. She enjoys reading, doing stained glass, and ballroom dancing. She has two daughters — Katelyn (22) and Anna Grace (20).
She said, “I’m thrilled to have the job. Everyone has been very welcoming. All I know is government and that is the reason I pursued a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.”