Donchess names Kleiner acting administrative services director

NASHUA – Mayor Jim Donchess announced Thursday that Chief of Staff Kim Kleiner has been selected to be acting administrative services director for the city.

Kleiner has served as chief of staff in the mayor’s office for several years, and is currently working with the assessing staff and other departments to implement changes.

“She knows City Hall operations intimately,” Donchess said. “In addition, she and CFO (John) Griffin worked on the audit of the assessing department and are very familiar with that function, and she’s very familiar with that function, so I think if we want to take immediate steps to deliver a more effective and efficient city government, which is our goal, Ms. Kleiner is the best choice.”

He said she also had a lot of business and financial experience prior to joining city government. She has a strong background in finance and senior management in the private sector, and also has served four years on the Nashua School Board.

In this new position, which was approved at this week’s Board of Alderman meeting and went into effect Thursday, Kleiner will plan and direct the operation of the Administrative Services Division, to include human resources, information technology, GIS, purchasing, assessing and risk management. In addition, the administrative services director performs an integral role in budget planning and the city’s fiscal policy, developing and executing short- and long-term city projects, and coordinating (on behalf of the mayor) with departments outside of the division.

“In order to fill the position permanently, I need to make an appointment, and the appointment needs to be approved by the Board of Aldermen,” Donchess said.

Right now, Kleiner has been appointed as acting administrative services director, as officials are still working on the transition, and Donchess said he is not sure of the timing.

“I have really enjoyed working in the mayor’s Office and assisting the mayor, providing support to city divisions and collaborating with outside agencies,” Kleiner said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing in City Hall, in whichever way my talents best serve Nashua and its residents.”

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