Chance Allison, CPA, has unanimously been hired as the City’s new finance director and city treasurer — to replace Cindy Arnold.

Chance Allison, CPA, has unanimously been hired as the City’s new finance director and city treasurer — to replace Cindy Arnold.

“He will start in June,” Shawnee City Manager Justin Erickson said.

Allison has an extensive accounting and finance background including over nine years of service at the firm Finley & Cook, where he manages audit engagements and has experience with municipal finances and governmental accounting principles, Erickson said.

He holds a bachelors degree in professional accountancy from Oklahoma Baptist University and is a certified public accountant. Allison lives in Shawnee.

In other business, several Airport Authority agenda items were approved.

They included entering into a lease agreement with Red Cloud Aviation, LLC; writing a Letter of Interest to accept capital funds from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC) to extend the useful life of the runway and help to ensure the airport remains in compliance with both FAA and OAC safety and operational standards; amending a lease agreement currently between the city and FlyOkAir, LLC, that will transfer the financial burden of water services from FlyOkAir to the city, as many hangar tenants have access to the spigot; and entering into a one-year agreement with Heartland Aeronautical Experience, Inc. (HAE) that now has permission to display historic materials, memorabilia and information in a fixed display at the Shawnee Regional Airport.