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Butler County finance director leaving for new job

Posted at 11:36 AM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 10:01:23-05

Butler County Finance Director Tawana Keels resigned this week because she has another job opportunity, according to the Journal-News.

Keels surprised many when she abruptly submitted her resignation after seven years leading the county’s finance department.

Keels’ last day is Feb. 7. She would not say if her new job is in government or the private sector.

“I have not released the name of my new employer but I can tell you I am thrilled to take on a new challenge,” said said in a text message to the Journal-News late Thursday.

Commissioners Don Dixon and T.C. Rogers were surprised by Keels’ announcement. Commissioner Cindy Carpenter could not be reached for comment.

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“I had no indication…,” Dixon said. “If you can get a better job or a better offer, or another opportunity and that’s what you want to take, then good for you.”

Rogers agreed.

“It’s been my experience and I’ve managed a lot of high level executives, when they’ve made that decision, that’s their decision,” Rogers said.

Keels said in a statement: “I tendered my resignation from the position of Butler County Finance Director to pursue a new opportunity which will advance my professional career. I am driven by a desire to serve the public, provide excellence in fiscal reporting and contribute to the growth of our community.”

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