The City of Redwood Falls has announced the employment of Kari Klages as its new finance director for the City of Redwood Falls. Klages, whose tenure officially began August 23, is responsible for planning, directing and administering all of the financial activities for the city.

That includes everything from accounting and budgeting functions to coordination of the city’s audit and project management. She also assists the city administrator and city council on long-term financial planning.

Klages earned an associates degree in accounting from the Hutchinson campus of Ridgewater College and then went on to earn her bachelors degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

Her career in finance began in Redwood Falls as an office assistant at Central Bi-Products where she worked for three years while she finished her college education. Klages then moved on to serve as an accountant for Renville County Public Health, a role she filled for another three years. Most recently, Klages served for five years as the finance director for the City of Olivia.

After growing up in Fairfax, Klages continues to call that community home where she and her husband, Chad, raise their two boys, Carter and Cade.

For more information, visit the City of Redwood Falls Web site at or call (507) 616-7400. Klages may be contacted via e-mail at [email protected].