Upland’s Finance Manager, Christa Buhagiar, has announced that she has accepted a position with West Covina which will start on April 13. She is set to leave her position at the end of the month.
City Manager Rod Butler says that is a “high priority” to find a good replacement finance manager, and will hire an interim manager within the next week before seeking a permanent replacement.
During her tenure with the City of Upland, Buhagiar has worked on a number of initiatives to improve the city’s finances. With her oversight, the council established a Fiscal Task Force which aimed to generate $7 million for the General Fund. By the following fiscal year, the council was able to approve a balanced budget with nearly $4 million in reserves. More recently, she has worked to update the fee master plan, and item that hasn’t been touched in 20 years.
Buhagiar will be the third high-level staffer to leave the city over the last several months. Her departure follows the retirements of both former city manager Stephen Dunn and Police Chief Jeff Mendenhall.
To read more about Buhagiar’s transition, click here.