When the city of Ellensburg hired Adé Ariwoola to lead its finance department about 7 1/2 years ago, the country was still in the midst of its worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.
By that point, Ariwoola had been working in government accounting for about 20 years, but he was still a little worried about his new job.
“People that know me know that I don’t shy away from major fights,” he said. “It was a good challenge and I’m glad we were able to survive.”
Ariwoola attended his last city council meeting as Ellensburg’s finance director Monday, and will take a similar job in Federal Way starting April 1. He lives in Port Orchard with his wife, who’s a bookkeeper for a fire district in Kitsap County. He spends the week in an apartment in Ellensburg and goes home on the weekends.
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