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Merced’s finance director resigns abruptly after 32 years

Finance Director Brad Grant speaks during the Merced City Council meeting Tuesday.
Finance Director Brad Grant speaks during the Merced City Council meeting Tuesday. tmiller@mercedsunstar.com

Merced is set to part ways with its top financial officer, who has worked in the finance department for 32 years, according to city staffers.

Finance Director Brad Grant will no longer be head of the Finance Department after submitting a letter of resignation, Mayor Mike Murphy said Tuesday during a special meeting of the City Council. His last day will be Sunday.

Acting as director effective Monday will be Stephanie Dietz, the assistant city manager. The council unanimously accepted the resignation in a closed-session meeting, the mayor reported.

Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Blake was absent.

Grant’s letter came Monday, too late for the item to be placed on that night’s regular agenda, Murphy said. The letter set Sunday as his final day, so the council was forced to call the special meeting because the governing body does not meet again until later in the month.

Grant started as deputy finance director in November 1985 and has been the Finance Department’s chief official for more than 30 years, according to city spokesman Mike Conway.

City Manager Steve Carrigan said the letter gave no explanation for the sudden resignation.

“Brad has given three decades of his life to the city of Merced and we appreciate all his time and hard work,” Carrigan said in a statement.

Asked on Monday about the special meeting, Grant denied knowing the meeting was planned.

“I don’t know anything about that,” the 66-year-old said.

He did not return requests for comment Wednesday.

Before coming to Merced, Grant worked as deputy treasurer for American Samoa, according to a news release.

Like the city manager and city attorney positions, the Merced finance director is hired and answers directly to the City Council.

As finance director, Grant made $141,499 a year plus benefits, according to the city’s salary schedule.

Thaddeus Miller: 209-385-2453, @thaddeusmiller

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