- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The former finance director and treasurer for Benton Harbor started Monday as chief financial officer for Flint, officials for the city northwest of Detroit said in a news release.

Jody Lundquist instituted a variety of internal controls, policies and procedures, and financial planning practices while in Benton Harbor, which like Flint has experienced deep financial troubles.

Gov. Rick Snyder said in March 2014 that a financial emergency in Benton Harbor had been resolved.

Flint has been run by four state-appointed emergency managers since 2011. Snyder announced in April that Flint’s financial emergency had ended and that the city’s finances were returning to local control. A five-member transition board will have a significant role.

Benton Harbor has faced “a lot of the same challenges that the city of Flint has,” Lundquist said Monday at a news conference. “It’s what excites me. I see opportunity in every challenge.”

Lundquist will earn $95,000 annually and receive standard benefits for city non-union employees.

She is a graduate of Arizona State University and worked as the executive administrator for the C.W. & Modene Neely Charitable Foundation. Lundquist also owned Lundquist Enterprises LLC, a property remediation service company.

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