Current Commissioner David DelVecchio to retire after nearly four decades with the City

City to conduct search for new Director of Budget to replace retiring Director Mary Vossler

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh announced the appointment of Brad O’Connor as the City’s new Commissioner of Finance. O’Connor replaces current Commissioner David DelVecchio, who is retiring from the position after a more than 37-year career with the City. O’Connor currently serves as Deputy Commissioner of Finance.

Mayor Walsh also announced that the City is opening a search to hire a new Director of the Office of Management and Budget to replace the retiring director, Mary Vossler. 

In naming O’Connor Commissioner of Finance, Walsh highlighted his experience as Deputy Commissioner during the past seven months. “Brad has made an immediate positive impact on the City. In particular, he’s helping us manage the extraordinary impact on revenue of COVID-19. He’s worked closely with Commissioner DelVecchio and is prepared for a smooth transition.”

O’Connor has more than 15 years of experience in financial management and public accounting, including significant experience in the municipal and private sectors. Most recently, he was Director of Finance for ChaseDesign where he led advancement and efficiency initiatives for six years. Under his direction, the Fortune 500 advertising company experienced record growth and profits.

He has held accounting positions in firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, Firley, Moran, Freer & Eassa, CPA, P.C. and Testone, Marshall & Discenza, LLP in the past. O’Connor brings extensive experience in audits for clients in various industries including manufacturing, energy and construction.

O’Connor is a graduate of Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Economics. He is a certified public accountant. A Syracuse native, O’Connor resides in Strathmore with his wife and three daughters.

“Dave DelVecchio and Mary Vossler are exemplary public servants. They could have applied their skills anywhere, but they chose to serve the City of Syracuse,” Mayor Walsh said. “Dave has an amazing knowledge of the City’s operations and finances having worked in multiple departments during his nearly 40-year career. He’s helped guide us through very challenging times.  Mary’s command of the City budget has been invaluable to me and to others across the City government. She’s played a central role in improving the fiscal sustainability of the City.”

DelVecchio joined the City in 1983.  In addition to financial roles in the City Auditor’s office and Neighborhood and Business Development (NBD), DelVecchio also served as Commissioner of the Department of Public Works for four years. He will retire at the end of June.

Vossler has been Director of the Office of Management and Budget since 2011. Prior to that, she served one year as Chief Financial Officer of NBD. She will retire in July.

The City is immediately beginning a search for a new Director of the Office of Management and Budget. The position is responsible for planning and administering the annual City Budget, overall financial analysis, the Six-year Capital Improvement Plan and multi-year financial forecasts. Duties also include the Purchase Department which entails preparing specifications for contracts, conducting competitive bidding, and managing City contracts. Interested candidates can send their resume and a cover letter to: personnel@syrgov.net.

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