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At Thursday’s Pocatello City Council meeting, Councilmembers voted to confirm Mayor Brian Blad’s appointment of Ashley Linton-Welsh to the Chief Financial Officer/City Treasurer post.
In the role, Linton-Welsh is responsible for directing all major budgeting, accounting, purchasing, and treasury functions for the City as well as managing the Finance and Utility Billing Departments.
“I am excited to work more closely with the City of Pocatello’s Department Heads and City Council to accomplish great things for the City of Pocatello,” said Linton-Welsh. “I am looking forward to providing sound financial reporting and transparency to those living here and getting to know more people in the community.”
Prior to joining the City, she was an Accountant/Accounting Manager for Rails West Federal Credit Union. Linton-Welsh started her career at the City of Pocatello in July 2014 as a Budget Analyst. In September 2016, she was promoted to Senior Accountant and in February 2019, she moved into the Deputy Chief Financial Officer/Deputy City Treasurer post. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds Bachelors in Accounting and Master of Accountancy degrees from Idaho State University. Linton-Welsh steps in for Joyce Stroschein who retired in August.
“Ashley has a strong knowledge of municipal finance, especially when it comes to the City of Pocatello,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “Over the last several years, she has been instrumental in helping to develop the City’s budget.”
Linton-Welsh and her husband, Michael, have one daughter, Addison. In her spare time, she enjoys playing softball, traveling, and supporting Addison at her events. She also volunteers her time to We Play to Live, Inc., a non-profit that raises money for members of the community who are battling cancer.
“The Finance Department will be continuing to implement changes in City budgeting to make the process smoother and to involve more public input,” Linton-Welsh said, “and we’ll also be looking for ways to make our reporting more streamlined to realize the benefits of new technology that is available to the City.”
For more information on the City of Pocatello Finance Department, visit pocatello.us/finance.