Ralston’s finance director is leaving the city to take the same position in Hastings, Neb.

The council appointed Tim Bohling in September of 2017 to manage the city’s finances. The City Council “reluctantly” accepted his resignation at its April 2 meeting, giving him compliments on his work and wishing he would stay.

Ralston Mayor Don Groesser said Bohling did “a really good job” organizing the city’s finances and delivering to the City Council clear reports showing the city’s financial activity and future bond payment schedule.

Groesser said the city saved more than $20,000 in audit fees because everything was in such good order.

“We’ve been watching expenses a lot closer and we have a lot more ability to do that with what he’s given us,” Groesser said.

Bohling said he was contacted by a recruiter and asked if he was willing to submit his résumé.

He went through a couple interviews and was offered the job in Hastings, a city of about 25,000 people.

Hastings is trying to integrate departments and streamline city operations, he said, and he would be tasked with helping the city straighten out financial issues.

His last day of work was Friday and he will start working in Hastings on Monday, he said.

Looking back on his time in Ralston, Bohling said it was a challenging but fun 20 months and the best part was seeing how everyone in the city became more informed on how money flows through the city.

He cited the most recent budget process as an example.

“They’ve got a better understanding of finances and it helps them make better decisions as council members on how the city proceeds,” he said.

The city hired an interim director, Ron Meyer, Groesser said, and is looking for a permanent replacement.

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