NEBRASKA CITY – Nebraska City commissioners rewrote job descriptions at city hall to adopt a teamwork approach on the budget process and create for the first time a city treasurer position.

Katie Drake-Heng, who started at city hall as an account clerk in 2019, is first to hold the city treasurer’s position.

City Clerk Randy Dunster said the move helps Nebraska City take advantage of Heng’s business administration degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is expected to complete her accounting degree from Peru State in May.

Dunster said separating duties involving the city’s financial transactions between the clerk and the treasurer is a recommended practice by state auditors.

The city clerk will continue to maintain city documents, prepare materials for city council meetings and serve as secretary on selected city boards.

The city treasurer is under the supervision of the finance commissioner, city administrator and city clerk. Duties include assisting in the development of the city budget, assists department heads in financial reports and reconciles bank accounts.

Preferred training is master’s degree in business administration or account and a license as a certified public accountant.