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Lansing Mayor Andy Schor Announces New City Treasurer


Courtesy Photo-Crystal Thomas, City of Lansing Treasurer

 

LANSING, Mich. - Mayor Andy Schor today announced that he has hired Crystal Thomas as Lansing’s new City Treasurer. Thomas currently works in the City of Lansing Finance Department as the City’s Investment Manager. Desiree A. Kirkland has been serving as both the City Treasurer and Finance Director. She will remain as the City’s Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the City’s overall finances. 

 

“I’m excited to welcome Crystal to my administration. Her years of experience in government finances, including income and property tax, will be a real asset to the City and our residents,” said Mayor Schor. “Working closely with Finance and Assessing, our financial experts will continue to play a pivotal role guiding the City’s income, investments, assessments, and financial management. I thank Desiree Kirkland for her work doing two jobs, and am excited to welcome Crystal Thomas and see how she can do even more at Treasury.” 

 

Crystal Thomas is a senior executive with more than 15 years of experience in tax administration, finance and accounting. Previous positions include Assistant Deputy Treasurer for the Michigan Department of Treasury’s Tax Administration and Revenue Services Bureau, Accountant Manager for the Michigan Bureau of State and Authority Finance, and Budget Chief for the Michigan DNR Fisheries Division.

 

Thomas obtained her bachelor's degree in business administration from Northwood University.  She is certified in change and transition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is also certified as a financial literacy instructor. Crystal is married to Edward Thomas, a professor of criminal justice and former City of Lansing police officer. They have two children and five grandchildren.  

 

Thomas officially starts in her new role as city treasurer on Monday, February 5.

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