Blaine hires new finance director

BLAINE - A former library employee has been hired as the city's new finance director.

Jeffrey Lazenby became director effective Jan. 1, 2009, and will be paid $76,248 annually, according to Blaine City Clerk Sheri Sanchez. He previously worked as the Whatcom County Library System administrative services manager.

Lazenby replaces Meredith Riley, who spent 20 years with the city.

Lazenby has also worked for the city of La Habra, Calif., and both Riverside and Orange counties in California. He received his bachelor's degree from Vanguard University of Southern California and his master's of public administration from Cal State Fullerton.