Warrenton's new finance officer takes over on December 1

By Jason Koch, Editor
Posted 11/19/23

The city of Warrenton, Missouri, will have a new finance officer responsible for financial planning, accounting, and budget preparation starting December 1, 2023.

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Warrenton's new finance officer takes over on December 1


There will be a change among the top officials for the city of Warrenton in December.

Current Finance Officer Dana Belaska is retiring and will be replaced by Meghan Waelder.

Waelder began working for the city on Oct. 23 and will officially take over as the city’s finance officer on Dec. 1. She was introduced during the Nov. 7 board of aldermen meeting.

“Welcome aboard,” Mayor Eric Schlueter said during the meeting.

“Congratulations to both,” Alderman Larry Corder said.

Schlueter then addressed Belaska ahead of her retirement.

“Dana, all your hard work you’ve done, I’ve never seen you smile so much.

The finance department is responsible for the financial planning, administration and coordination of all financial functions for Warrenton. The department provides accounting services for all city departments and provides the financial statements for the mayor and board of aldermen.

The department also handles budget preparation investments, utility billing, payroll, business licenses, and more, according to the city’s website.

During the meeting, the city also approved a change to bereavement leave for city employees, made a minor modification to the municipal code for burning garbage, and approved an agreement with Condrey and Associates, Inc., to review and update the job classification system and pay plan for the city.

Those ordinances all passed by a vote of 5-0. Alderman Steven Cullom was absent.

About the author: Jason Koch is the editor of The Warren County Record, and covers local news and government for the newspaper. He has won multiple awards from both the Indiana and Illinois APME and from the Illinois Press Association. He can be reached at 636-456-6397 or at jason@warrencountyrecord.com

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