Erika Benitez Appointed Finance Director

The City of Riverside is pleased to announce that Erika Benitez has been appointed the next Finance Director of the City of Riverside.  The Director, reporting to the City Administrator, is a key member of the City's leadership team and oversees the financial operations of the City.  The Finance Department leads budget development and oversight, payroll, purchasing, financial reporting, investments, grant compliance and Information Technology.  Managing a staff of four, the Director is responsible for a budget of $33.8M in FY 2022. 

"I am excited to welcome Erika to Riverside and to have her as a part of our team," said City Administrator Brian Koral.  "From our first contact, her enthusiasm for public service, commitment to professional growth and background in aligning budget policy with the City's strategic objectives distinguished her in our selection process." 

Benitez will join the City staff on May 23 and replaces Nate Blum, who recently accepted a position as the Chief Financial Officer with the City of Lenexa, Kansas. 

"I am thrilled for this opportunity.  I look forward to working with the team at the city, and most of all serving the community of Riverside," said Benitez. 

Benitez most recently served as a Budget Manager for Independence, Missouri, and has also worked in Carlsbad, California.  She holds a bachelor's degree from Florida Gulf Coast University and a master's degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University.  Benitez is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association.