City hires finance director

Lisa Rolan directed finances for Columbia, S.C.


— From the office of City Manager Alan Lanning:

Lisa L. Rolan has been named the new director of financial services for the city of Steamboat Springs, City Manager Alan Lanning announced today.

"Ms. Rolan's extensive experience and leadership is the perfect fit for the city's finance staff," Lanning said.

Rolan served as the chief financial officer and financial consultant for the city of Columbia, S.C., which has an estimated population of 117,394, with 565,666 in its metro area. Rolan's duties there included preparing monthly and quarterly financial statements, financial forecasts, and budgets. She also administered all of the financial management systems, evaluated and integrated new finance applications, developed a highly skilled accounting and financial management team, improved communication with stakeholders and built relationships with Columbia's neighboring counties, the University of South Carolina, and the banking community.

Prior to working in Columbia, Rolan was the finance director for the city of Destin, Fla. During her tenure, Rolan produced and received the GFOA Distinguished Budget Award for the city, spearheaded the financing for the city's Community Redevelopment Area through tax increment financing, and analyzed, interpreted, and communicated financial operating policies and procedures, including performance measurement, capital planning, budgeting and accounting.

Rolan has master's degrees in business administration and health administration from Pfeiffer University in N.C., and a bachelor's degree in science in accounting from North Carolina Wesleyan College. She has certifications in financial planning, budgeting; capital planning and forecasting from the Government Finance Officer Association of South Carolina, and operating and capital budgeting from the Government Finance Officer Association of Chicago, Ill.

Rolan has been married for 19 years and has a daughter who is 14 and a son who is 11. She said she is excited about the opportunity to live and work in Steamboat.

"We love the outdoors, hiking, fishing, hunting and soon to be skiing," Lisa said. "We are outdoor enthusiasts and diehard Tar Heel fans!"


twostroketerror 7 years, 12 months ago

How much did it cost us to hire the consultant who found her? How much is she getting paid? What in depth riveting reporting, thanks pilot! I love skiing too!


Nitro 7 years, 12 months ago

Perhaps for sbvor it's more a case of sour grapes.


BoatMaster 7 years, 12 months ago

Congratulations Lisa

Steamboat is beautiful I am sure you will love it.

The only words of advice I can give you is to not read these blogs after you take the job. They are rarely complimentary to anyone.

Enjoy your new life in Steamboat! It is a great place.


Matthew Stoddard 7 years, 12 months ago

Do you think she'd like your phone number so you could discuss it personally?


fish 7 years, 12 months ago

Please sirs could we please know what all she will receive for accepting the position? Does she receive a signing bonus? Is her move being paid for by the City? Are you giving her a housing allowence? Can we please know the particulars?

Oh, wait no that would take actual reporting, requiring an actual reporter to go and look into things, ask questions, etc.

It is so much easier to just print a press release!

Thanks SP & T for another job well done.


twostroketerror 7 years, 12 months ago

As much as I chide y'all about having too much time on your hands, it is nice to go to the comments section and find actual background on the Pilots 'articles'. Thank You!


steamboatsconscience 7 years, 12 months ago

Ouch I am afraid that I have to agree with bore on this.

Chief Financial Officer Lisa Rolan is gone, resigning after several problems came to light about late audits and unbalanced accounts, among other things. Our own Ashley Norris met with city officials to find out how they will move forward. Former city CFO, Lisa Rolan, is out after a year and a half on the job. Time, that some say was productive, but quite stressful. Rolan took the job during a previous financial crisis and worked hard to put city accounts back in order. However, there's much work for a new CFO to do. The 2005-2006 audit was just finished, leaving 2007 yet to be done. Problems such as the delayed audits, unbalanced accounts and other financial issues makes some wonder if Rolan really wanted to resign, or if she was forced to resign. City Councilman Kirkman Finlay says, "if these are resignations, accept resignation then leave, if they aren't resigning thats the only reason to pay people. It sure sounds like we've negotiated our way out of something."

Agreement with city will provide $58,092 to Columbia official who resigned last week

Former chief financial officer Lisa Rolan will stay on the city's payroll until August and receive $1,600 to cover the lease on her apartment, according to the terms of her settlement agreement with the city.

Former finance chief on payroll Rolan, who lives in Rock Hill but kept an apartment in the city, will receive $58,092 over 13 pay periods. The sum includes her unused sick and vacation days. She will receive full insurance benefits. Her last payment will be Aug. 8.

Does this sound familiar? AKA Double Dipper Howell? Is the job pool of administrators in this country so thin that we can't hire people who are non controversial? or competent? Will she work for free since she is already getting paid by Columbia? I'm sure she and Donna will get on famously, they have a lot in common. And a lot to laugh about. Except the joke's on us taxpayers. As usual.


love_boat 7 years, 12 months ago

I was a bit concerned when reading her educational background. I lived in NC and when to grad school there so I know the many great schools available and she didn't go to any of the top tier or even mid tier schools of higher learning. Sketchy is more like it with only 1 PhD in business on the faculty where she got masters degree in business. It will be interesting to see what happens.


ijustlookhi 7 years, 12 months ago

this is scary...I agree the Pilot is not serving the citizens with reporting and information...THANKS SBVOR for doing the papers job and at least googling some info!

This is ridiculous! Pilot should be ashamed at how shallow this article is....lets see how you handle it from here.

She seems like a terrible hire and I do want to know more particulars.


424now 7 years, 11 months ago

Lovely little ol' Columbia, SC. Brings to mind Fort Jackson and Tank Hill. One of the largest Army training bases in the US. There are a lot of dollars flowing through that city.

My opinion is we should look into the crisis this lady stepped into a little deeper before we fire up any torches. ie. police chief resigning earlier. Check the blogospheres comments regarding Columbia's city government. We know she either resiegned or was shown the door. That in itself is not an obvious fault. The conditions she resigned under are questionable. I think that is what we see here.


Was it her performance as CFO or the existing situation that prompted her departure?

The reference to her tenure as finance director in Destin Fla. seems to at least indicate an ability to work well with others. Why is there such a difference?

Were the late audits and other complaints due a lack of action her part?

How did she come to apply for this position in Steamboat?

Does she have the tools to succede here?

I choose not to accuse, I ask questions. Ms. Rolan, Nitro, Boatmaster and SP&T will you answer them?


Nitro 7 years, 11 months ago

This article seems to speculate that there were existing problems, not only in the Finance Department, but other areas as well. Whenever presented with only part of the facts, speculation can run rampant. Shall we give her a chance on her own merits and then form an opinion?


424now 7 years, 11 months ago

That article is one of the reasons I am willing to listen. I think this thread will need more informaiton.


Matthew Stoddard 7 years, 11 months ago

Could the books have been so messed up that even she couldn't straighten it out? What happened to the last CFO?


steamboatsconscience 7 years, 11 months ago

The last part of the article is something I have to agree with. " But the truth is there's no one fully responsible under the city's council-manager form of government. That's been proven over and over by the way things have fallen through the cracks and been kept secret as the finance and police departments have struggled and top managers left. No one - not the mayor, city manager or the council -has stepped up to lead This is a story repeated too often in South Carolina. Unfortunately, state law that's supposed to promote open government allows officials to stonewall and conduct far too much of the public's business in secret. While open government laws need to be tightened, Columbia needs an overhaul of its governing structure. If an empowered, full-time mayor were running the city, we would know exactly who was to blame, wherever the problem lay. Voters could demand straight answers and get them - or throw the rascal out." This is what is needed here, we have outgrown a City Council run city


Angry_Citizen 7 years, 9 months ago

The Citizens better brace for late financial information; a Finance Director who doesn't understand finance or how to interprete it (after all her degree is in Heatlhcare management); a Finance Director who appears to have never filled out a set of financials. The one good thing is if she continues the trends she began in Destin and Columbia, she will only be around for a year and a half.


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