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Kent sets public reception Aug. 19 for new chief administrative officer, finance director

Derek Matheson is the new city of Kent chief administrative officer. - COURTESY PHOTO
Derek Matheson is the new city of Kent chief administrative officer.
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Residents can meet the city of Kent's new chief administrative officer and finance director during a reception from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19 in the City Hall lobby, 220 Fourth Ave. S.

Mayor Suzette Cooke recently hired Derek Matheson as chief administrative officer and Aaron BeMiller as finance director for the city of more than 120,000 people.

BeMiller started his new job July 24 and receives a salary of $110,000 per year. He oversees the city's financial operations and a 33 employee department. He previously worked as finance director and county treasurer for Clatsop County in Oregon after leaving a job as the Pierce County budget manager.

Matheson joined Kent after serving as the Covington city manager. He starts Aug. 11 and will be paid a salary of $167,000 per year. As CAO, Matheson is responsible for day-to-day operations including economic development, finance, human resources, parks, police and six other departments. Prior to Covington, Matheson worked as the Federal Way assistant city manager.

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