"The City of Austin stands at a unique moment and we need a strong and capable leader to help guide us through this interim phase," Austin Mayor Steve Adler said. "Elaine was our choice for many reasons, including that she brings an enterprise-wide view and broad experience with all our city departments and operations."
Hart has over 30 years experience in public and private sector finance including a career with the City of Austin that spans more than 20 years. She has been the City’s Chief Financial Officer since April 2012. Prior to her appointment as CFO, she served for more than 10 years as Senior Vice President of Finance and Corporate Services for Austin Energy, Austin's municipally-owned electric utility.
During her tenure at the City she has also been Assistant Finance Director, City Controller and Deputy City Auditor. She also previously served as Chief Financial Officer in the late 1980s.
“I’m genuinely humbled by the opportunity to lead this workforce, even just for this short period of time," Hart said. "I appreciate the confidence this Mayor and Council have shown in me. My focus, for now, is helping guide us through the budget process in partnership with the City Manager. This is truly a great organization, with exceptional employees at every level, highly dedicated to serving the people of Austin. My challenge is to help them continue to do their best work while Council searches for a replacement for Marc.”
Hart also has private sector auditing, accounting and consulting experience. She received her B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Texas.
"I appointed Elaine Chief Financial Officer because I am confident in her ability to manage the finances for our growing city," Ott said. "I believe she will excel leading Austin through this transition."
Ott announced Aug. 15 that he would leave the City to become the Executive Director of the International City/County Management Association in Washington, D.C.