Wes Nelson retiring after 29 years with the City of Marion
Later this month, Wes Nelson, longtime city clerk and finance director for the City of Marion is retiring. The City is hosting a reception and open house in his honor on Thursday, Aug. 16 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Marion City Hall, 1225 6th Avenue.
Nelson joined the City of Marion in December 1989 and has served as Marion’s city clerk/finance director/treasurer for the past 29 years. In this role, he managed all of the City’s cash and investments (currently around $60 million) as well as receipt processing, invoice payments, annual audit and budget filings. He was also the custodian of all of the City’s records, served as the election official and was responsible for maintaining the City Code.
When reflecting on his career, Nelson noted that he is most proud of the strong financial position the City maintains. Under his leadership, the A bond rating improved to an Aa1 rating, enabling the City to sell its bonds at lower interest rates and save thousands of dollars in interest costs.
“I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work with many dedicated city employees, all doing their best to make Marion a great place to live,” noted Nelson. “I’m also grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community through participation in the Marion Noon Lions Club and the Marion Turkey Trot organizing committee.”
Nelson’s future plans include spending more time with his family and grandchildren, visiting National Parks and tending to his acreage and vineyard.
Going forward, the duties of Nelson’s position are being separated. Lianne Cairy, finance manager, will oversee the financial matters for the City and Rachel Bolender will assume the City Clerk responsibilities.