A former city manager for Ann Arbor has a new position with an organisation that receives funding from the city.
Crawford presently serves as a senior member of SPARK’s executive team, directly reporting to CEO Paul Krutko, and overseeing financial strategy, accounting, budget, human resources, and IT services.
On Friday, December 30, the public-private charity Ann Arbor SPARK announced the appointment of Tom Crawford as its new chief financial officer.
In a statement, Krutko said that Tom “brings to the table a depth of leadership, financial, and strategic thinking, and understands the difficulties specific to our firm.” We are certain that Tom will be a strong leader and collaborator in assisting us in achieving our goal of promoting economic growth in our neighbourhood.
With SPARK, the city has a $75,000 yearly agreement for economic development services.
Crawford claimed that although he began in the job in March of last year to offer temporary help, it has turned into a longer-term commitment, hence the announcement from SPARK. He formed Tom Crawford Consulting LLC in 2021 after leaving the city government, and via it, he is working on a contract basis.
Crawford stated in a statement, “I am excited to join this dynamic and inventive firm as the new CFO. “I am eager to contribute my financial knowledge and leadership abilities to the team and aid the organisation in achieving its goals. I’m eager to continue working with the team and contribute to the future development of the business.
Prior to taking on the role of full-time administrator in 2020, when City Council ousted Howard Lazarus as city administrator, Crawford worked for 17 years in city hall as CFO and served on many occasions as an interim city administrator.
Following an investigation into claims Crawford made offensive comments about people’s race, gender, and sexual orientation that hurt the workplace, council decided to fire Crawford along partisan lines in July 2021. Crawford apologised to the community after admitting he made offensive statements and resigned after denying making some of them and providing justifications for others. Crawford “worked on delivering safe and reliable infrastructure, timely and effective services, and a healthy and engaged organisation and constituency” in his job as city administrator, according to the SPARK website. Crawford had previously worked from 1995 to 2004 for the Ford Motor Company.
He holds a business bachelor’s from the University of North Carolina with a focus in finance and marketing as well as a master’s in finance and corporate strategy from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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