City of Independence, Missouri

Brian Watson Named New Director of Finance

City Manager Robert Heacock has named Brian Watson as Director of Finance for the City of Independence. Watson started his employment today, February 10.

“Mr. Watson’s background and experience make him an ideal choice for this key position,” Heacock said. “I have a lot of confidence in the direction the Finance Department will go under his leadership. He has a reputation as a leader and contributor in the local municipal finance community and will play an important role in guiding the City’s future growth and development.”

As Director of Finance, Watson will oversee the City’s long and short-term investments, budgeting, purchasing, and business licensing. He will be replacing James Harlow, who is retiring from the City of Independence after serving as Director of Finance since 1984.

Watson comes to Independence from Lawrence, KS where he has been the Assistant Finance Director for financial operations. Previously he was the Accounting Manager for the City of Overland Park, KS. He is familiar with and well versed in all aspects of municipal and utility accounting and municipal finance.

Watson has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas and a Masters of Business Administration from Park University. He is also a Certified Public Finance Officer.

Watson is married and has two children.