Harper moves into the role following the retirement of former Finance Director Richard Parker, according to the city. Harper has worked with the city since 1996 and has served as city treasurer for the past 20 years. She also served as an interim finance director in 2016.
“Karen is no stranger to the Brentwood team," City Manager Kirk Bednar said in a statement. “Over the past 24 years, she has become a key leader within our senior management team. Karen has always been a team player, willing to assist with extra tasks and is a big part of the reason the Brentwood finance department has consistently won awards for its budget and annual financial reports."
Harper is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and a longtime Brentwood resident, according to a news release.
“I am honored to accept this new opportunity with the city," Harper said in a statement. "Brentwood is my home and I enjoy serving its residents."
The city is now hiring for a new assistant director/city treasurer, according to the release.