Oshkosh now has two department director positions to fill

The city of Oshkosh now has to find new finance and transportation directors after Chris Strong accepted a transportation position in Oregon.

Strong, who managed everything from traffic signals to the GO Transit system, recently notified Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff he had accepted the position and will end his tenure here early next month.

The finance director position appeared to be filled earlier this month when the city offered the job to New Berlin Finance Director Ralph Chipman and he accepted it in early November. But Rohloff said Chipman had a change of heart and opted to stay in his current position.

Rohloff said the city will likely offer the job to one of the other finalists identified in the search to replace Peggy Steeno after she accepted a position with the city of Menasha in late September.

Former Oshkosh Finance Director Ed Nokes has stepped in to serve as finance director on a temporary basis to help the city produce its 2014 budget.

Strong joined the city in April 2008 and oversaw several changes and upgrades to the city’s transit system and transportation network. He took charge of implementing the city’s revamped bicycle and pedestrian plan, secured grants to purchase hybrid buses, rebranded the public transit system and oversaw a redesign of GO Transit bus routes that frustrated elderly and disabled users.

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Jeff Bollier is an award-winning public affairs reporter for the Oshkosh Northwestern who covers everything from city hall to business. As Streetwise, Jeff delivers updates on the comings and goings of Oshkosh's retail and business world. Jeff is an avid Instagram and Twitter user and a member of the Northwestern Bacon Team.
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