Jennifer Brown

The Murfreesboro City Council voted last Thursday to appoint current Assistant Finance Director Jennifer Brown as the new Finance Director, City Recorder and City Treasurer.

Brown will replace current Finance Director Melissa Wright, who is retiring after 28 years with the city.

Brown has served as assistant finance director since March of 2019. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a master’s degree in accounting in 2005.

She’s worked been a Certified Public Accountant for Burkey, Cox, Evans, and Bradford Accountancy Corporation, a tax preparation service based in California as well as KPMG, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Brown worked for the Tennessee Department of Education for more than two years before taking the job with the city.

Brown met several of the qualifications the city has for the position, including having her CPA license and having experience working alongside elected officials.

City Vice Mayor Madelyn Scales Harris said she was most impressed with Brown and an unnamed candidate who had similar qualifications. Brown serves a population of over 130,000 people and the candidate serves a population of just over 140,000.

“I really like the private sector experience, the public sector experience, the state experience as well as the municipal experience.” Mayor Shane McFarland said.

City Attorney Adam Tucker will begin contract negotiations with Brown, according to City Manager Craig Tindall.

The contract might be brought to the next city council workshop meeting scheduled for June 9 depending on how quickly terms can be reached.

The mayor congratulated Brown on her promotion, saying “sometimes you don’t know what you have until you understand what you have.”