City selects Finance Director


The City of Lawton has selected Kara Haynes as incoming Finance Director, effective Oct. 7.

Haynes graduated from the University of South Dakota and the Virginia Military Institute. She is a military veteran with nearly a decade of experience in financial management, accounting, forecasting and budgeting.

“I enjoy what I do in the financial world,” Haynes said. “It is interesting and challenging, and I am able to connect with people from all walks of life. It is also important to me to be involved with my community and serve others. This position will enable me to do both!”

Haynes said she has vast understanding of financial operations in both the public and private sector. As finance director at the City of Lawton, Haynes will be charged with overseeing three divisions – Finance Administration, Financial Services, and Utility Services – in addition to playing a vital role in preparing the annual budget for City Council approval.

“We are excited that Kara Haynes will be joining the City of Lawton and believe she will make a wonderful addition to our team,” said City Manager Michael Cleghorn.

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