By LORI A. CARTER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Petaluma’s new finance director is no stranger to Sonoma County.
Bill Mushallo lives in Santa Rosa, where he was the city’s financial planning manager for nine years. For the past 2½ years, he was the top financial manager in the Napa County town of Calistoga.
Before that, he was a senior financial analyst with Hewlett-Packard.
Since taking the helm in Petaluma earlier this month, Mushallo has been busy working on budget issues. That’s a challenge for a city that’s drawn down its rainy day fund to just about nothing and has been spending more than it receives in revenue for years.
Add that to the recession, during which sales tax and property tax revenues tanked, leading to massive budget cuts in Petaluma for the past few years, and Mushallo has his work cut out for him.
“I’ve got my sleeves rolled up and am updating (fiscal) year-end numbers,” he said in an interview this week.
“This will be yet another challenge and it’s going to be a lot of work,” he said.
Still, he’s upbeat about Petaluma’s fiscal future.
“The financial situation is precarious, but long-term fiscal stability is attainable. It’s not easy, but we’ve got opportunities to get back on track.”
Mushallo joins new Economic Development Manager Ingrid Alverde as the most recent top manager hired at Petaluma’s City Hall.
The search is continuing for a director of public works and water resources.