Employee fired – and rehired – in April appointed Carmel’s first city controller

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A City of Carmel employee fired – and rehired – earlier in the year will become the city’s first appointed controller.

Ann Bingman, who has more than 20 years experience as a Certified Public Accountant, will begin her new role Jan. 1, 2020.

“I am thrilled that Ann has agreed to remain working for us in the new office of controller,” Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard stated in a press release. “Her knowledge and experience will make for a smooth transition into the new year.”

Bingman began working as the city’s director of internal controls in February 2016. Clerk-Treasurer Christine Pauley fired Bingman in April but didn’t elaborate on the reasons publicly, citing it as a confidential “personnel matter.” Bingman, however, believed the firing was politically motivated. She was rehired by the city later in the month but no longer reported to Pauley, who offered an apology for the firing.

Bingman has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance. She has been a member of the CPA Society since 1998 and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners since 1999.

Current  has reached out to Bingman for comment.


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