San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/08/16 – 2:13 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City officials have chosen a new finance director: Brent Mason, who held that position in Riverside from 2010 until April 1.

Mason’s appointment must be confirmed by the City Council, which is scheduled to vote April 18, but he impressed City Manager Mark Scott with his application, said city spokeswoman Monica Lagos.

“Mark has done multiple reference checks — not just references he (Mason) provided, but people Mark knows, and they’ve all been great,” Lagos said. “He feels really confident in this candidate.”

If approved, Mason will start April 19.

San Bernardino has had high turnover in many departments since filing for bankruptcy protection in 2012, but particularly in the Finance Department. Since Scott Williams was pushed out in March 2015 after just months on the job — the third finance director to leave in three years — finances have been overseen by consultants and by Deputy City Manager Nita McKay, whose position focused on finances.

McKay, who joined the city in fall 2014, resigned effective March 31 without giving an official reason.

Mason said he’s aware the city has lacked stability in the Finance Department, but he thinks his management style will be a good fix for that.

“I’m very easygoing,” Mason said Friday. “I’d like to understand thoroughly what’s going on before I react and make decisions, so I think that’s going to bode well for a place that’s had lots of transitions over a number of years.”

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