Brentwood announces new finance director

The Brentwood City Commission meets at Brentwood City Hall at 5211 Maryland Way, Brentwood. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Brentwood City Commission meets at Brentwood City Hall at 5211 Maryland Way, Brentwood. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Brentwood City Commission meets at Brentwood City Hall at 5211 Maryland Way, Brentwood. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Karen Harper has been named as the city's newest finance director. (Courtesy city of Brentwood)
The city of Brentwood announced Jan. 8 it has named Karen Harper as its newest finance director.

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.
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By Wendy Sturges

A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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