McQuiston hired as new finance director

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Interim City Manager Dennis Speer officially announced to the Ridgecrest City Council at last week’s regular meeting that he had hired Rachelle McQuiston as the new director of the city’s Finance Department.

Although few details have been released about the process, McQuiston apparently beat out several candidates — including former director Tyrell Staheli, who left several months ago.

“She is very qualified. I have great confidence and I believe that she’s a real budget person who will help us greatly, particularly in the surge we have not only this year but going into next year’s budget,” said Speer.

According to McQuiston’s online profile, she was most recently employed as the administrative services officer for the Kern County Department of Public Health. She is also the wife of Jon McQuiston, whose 16-year term as 1st District supervisor ended in November.

Speer said that McQuiston will begin at the city on Monday, Feb. 18.

Story First Published: 2013-02-13