A former Nebraska Health and Human Services official has been selected as the City of Omaha's new finance director.
Mayor Jean Stothert said Friday that she has selected Stephen Curtiss to head the city's Finance Department.
Curtiss was director of Health and Human Services finance and support from 2000 to 2004. He also has worked as a liaison to the Nebraska Legislature and for private companies that specialize in health care services and financial analysis, including Price Waterhouse.
Curtiss is the founder of an Omaha company called MatrixPointe, which serves as an adviser on Medicaid, Medicare and other health-related programs.
He has a bachelor's degree from Milligan College and a master's degree in finance and management information systems from Vanderbilt University.
Stothert said Curtiss will begin work Dec. 9 and will be paid an annual salary of $145,000.
“Steve's background in health care is especially important in this time of escalating health care costs,” the mayor said in a statement. “In 2014, we have $59 million budgeted for health care. This is a cost and a benefit that will continue to increase. Steve's unique experience in this area is very valuable.”
Curtiss replaces interim Finance Director Al Herink, who will return to his previous part-time position as comptroller.
Curtiss will be the city's first permanent finance director since Pam Spaccarotella, who left her post in December 2012. She had a salary of $165,000 when she left the city.