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City hires finance director

Lisa Rolan directed finances for Columbia, S.C.

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— 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.

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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!”