Tina Olson has been named the new Finance Director for the city of Pleasanton, succeeding Emily Wagner, who is retiring but will stay on in a temporary position until Oct. 1 on special financial assignments.
Olson, who most recently served as the Director of Finance and Administration for the city of Pittsburg, will start work on Feb. 2.
Olson became chief financial officer for Pittsburg in 2010 after holding a number of key positions for the city and county of San Francisco, including serving as deputy director of finance and administration for Port of San Francisco.
During her 5½ year tenure at the Port, Olson was responsible for six consecutive fiscal year capital budget cycles, working closely with then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco's city controller's office and the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors. She was also responsible for the development and implementation of the Port's 10-Year Capital Plan.
Olson has a bachelor's degree in Economics from the UC Santa Cruz and a Master's in Public Administration from San Francisco State University.
Wagner, a former investment banker with vast finance experience in private and public sectors, including in Pleasanton, was named finance director in 2010.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, she served here as the assistant city manager and director of finance, leaving in 1985 to become an investment banker. She spent the next 12 years with public finance firms before starting her own firm.
She rejoined the city in May, 2006 in the new position of economic development fiscal officer, working with both City Manager Nelson Fialho and Director of Economic Development Pamela Ott on major city projects that have included the Bernal property financing, ACE train station location, permit streamlining and downtown parking improvements.
After presenting the comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year that ended last June 30 to the City Council Tuesday night, Wagner thanked the council and city staff for "the privilege of working for the city of Pleasanton.
"It's been my pleasure to work for the city and I appreciate this opportunity," Wagner said. "My husband and I came here in 1974 after graduating from college, and I actually graduated from Amador Valley High School. I feel very fortunate to have the chance to work here."
City Manager Nelson Fialho said Wagner has agreed to stay on for the next few months in a special capacity to review and develop financial plans for specific projects. These will include determining the financial requirements for building a new public library and possible a new civic center, and also reconfiguring the contributions required from developers who build in Pleasanton.