Story by Sofia Alva
Photo by Katelyn Hernandez
South Pasadena Finance Director Karen Aceves announced her resignation effective immediately on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The reasoning for Aceves’ resignation is still unclear, though it comes after City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe left the City a few weeks earlier.
In 2017, the City hired Aceves, who took an indefinite family leave in August, as a Principal Management Analyst and then promoted her to Finance Director in Feb. 2020. She was the fifth person to fill that role in less than three years and the first ever Latina Finance Director to be hired by the City.
South Pasadena appointed Interim Assistant City Manager Elaine Aguilar to fill Aceves’ position while she was on leave, but now must find a new Finance Director while it also searches for a City Manager.
During her tenure, Aceves was part of the City Finance Department that completely digitized the payroll system and trained a new group of employees last year. Aceves also took over the finance department right when the City was hit with the economic downfall brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Recently, some community members have criticized Aceves for inconsistencies in the 2020-2021 fiscal year city budget and late audits.
The City is still in the process of revising and adopting a 2020-2021 budget after a proposed one was voted down by the City Council in June.