Gahlsdorf stepping down after 18 years

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Shortly after the new year starts, Susan Gahlsdorf will finish her transition plan. Gahlsdorf, Keizer’s Finance Director for the last 18 years, confirmed to the Keizertimes this week she is retiring. “I am leaving after 18 years with the city,” Gahlsdorf said on Tuesday. “January 8 will be my last day. I have been working through a transition plan for over a year now, not knowing how all of this would work with all the uncertainties of life. But my family responsibilities continue to grow and it’s time for a lifestyle change. I will miss everyone terribly. It has been an honor and privilege working for Keizer.” Tim Wood, Keizer’s assistant controller who has worked alongside Gahlsdorf for the last six years, is serving as interim Finance Director. “Susan is transitioning into retirement,” Wood said. “Susan will be with the city for a couple more months. However, she is stepping back from the daily operations. I am serving as the interim Finance Director until the open recruitment process can be completed.” Wood added he is interested in the job on a full-time basis. Though one wouldn’t know by looking at her, Gahlsdorf noted she’s been in public service for 34 years. She was previously an auditor for the Oregon Secretary of State. Before that, she worked in the private sector. She has been...

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