Citizens For A Better Norwood

Monday, August 27, 2007

Auditor Donnie Jones appoints Robert Laake Dep. Auditor

The following letter, dated 8/20/07, appears on tomorrow night’s council meeting agenda. It is from City Auditor Donnie Jones to Council President Jane Grote and City Council and announces his appointment of Norwood resident Robert Laake, husband of Norwood Health Commissioner Donna Laake, to the position of Deputy Auditor. Mr. Laake succeeds the recently deceased long time Deputy Auditor Janet Kennedy, and he is on the job starting today.

August 20, 2007

Dear Jane and Members of Council:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Robert “Bob” Laake as the new Deputy Auditor for the City of Norwood. His first day will be Monday, August 27th. As many of you know this has been a very trying time for our office over the past years, and the appointment of Bob Laake is the first step in moving our department and this City forward.

I, the Administration, and City Council have all identified the need to fully utilize the City’s enterprise wide computer system as the first and most vital step towards being able to better manage the City operations. The new Deputy Auditor has been charged with working together with all departments across all lines of authority to make this a reality. Bob Laake brings a wealth of knowledge and private sector experience to the job, but most importantly he brings honesty, unquestioned integrity, an old fashioned work ethic, and the sincere desire to do the right thing for all the citizens of Norwood.

Bob Laake is a lifelong resident of Norwood (except for two years in the Army, followed by 1 ½ year period saving to buy a house in Norwood). He attended St. Elizabeth School and graduated from Norwood High School in 1968.

He is an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Army where he served his country from November, 1971 thru November 1973.

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