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Venus Rodriguez named Finance Officer

Mike Conway

Post Date:02/06/2018

Venus Rodriguez named City Finance Officer

The Merced City Council unanimously selected Venus Rodriguez as the City Finance Officer Monday night following a closed session. 

Rodriguez had served as the interim Finance Officer since August.

'Venus has done a fantastic job,' Mayor Mike Murphy said. 'We're taking the interim off of her title and happy to do that.'

'Venus is a talented executive who can crunch numbers, manage staff, solve tough financial problems, deal with a diverse clientele, and explain difficult budgetary situations in easy to understand terms,' said City Manager Steve Carrigan. 'We are lucky to add her to our executive team and I'm glad the Council selected her.'

Rodriguez will oversee a Department that handles everything from putting together the City budget to overseeing City purchases.

'I feel privileged and proud to be appointed as the Finance Officer,' Rodriguez said. 'I am eager to help the City move forward. I have a talented staff working with me, and they will help me guide the City through all of the good times and the challenges ahead of us.'

Before becoming the interim Finance Officer, she served as the interim Deputy Finance Officer where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Finance Department including accounts payable and receivable, grants and the budget.

Prior to that Rodriguez served as an Accountant III for 11 years where she created, implemented, reported on and monitored the City's annual budget. She also supervised City staff in grants, Community Facilities Districts, Development Services and Maintenance Districts.

Rodriguez started with the City in 2001 working in the Public Works Department as an Account Clerks III. She then moved to the Finance Department as an Accounting Technician and later an Accountant I/II.

She began her career with the City of Watsonville as a Senior Accounting Assistant-Bilingual in 1999, providing customer service along with handling invoices, cash and accounts receivable. She later was promoted to an Accounting Technician for Watsonville where she handled the ledgers, reconciled daily bank accounts and prepared quarterly gas and sales tax reports.

She holds a bachelor's degree in business/accounting and master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. 

Rodriguez and her husband, Eddy, have four children, Eddy, Anisha, Alexis and Ryan.

In her spare time she enjoys running, reading, and traveling.

The position pays $130,706.88 to $158,875.08 annually.  

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