The appointment by City Manager Troy Schulte didn’t surprise City Hall insiders familiar with Queen’s stellar reputation. She has been with the City for 24 years, serving as City Treasurer prior to becoming deputy director.
“I am grateful for the City Manager’s confidence in my ability to serve as Director of Finance and I look forward to serving the City and our residents in my new role,” Queen said.
Succeeding Landes, who was honored by the Kansas City Business Journal as a 2017 CFO of the Year, is something that Queen said she’s looking forward to. Among her priorities, she said, will be to review the City’s financial policies and recommend strategic changes as needed. Such changes will likely include a policy to fund pensions and the development of a Risk Management Program.
“Generally, I just want to keep steering the ship in the right direction,” Queen said.
In her previous role, Queen helped the City achieve several goals:
- Created and implemented the Five-year Citywide Business Plan
- Helped initiate the GO KC bonds funding
- Helped the City maintain a strong credit rating
- Helped the City’s reserve reach $100 million, the largest in city history
Queen is a Certified Treasury Professional with a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Missouri, and an MBA from UMKC. She also is professionally certified by the National Automated Clearing House Association.