New chief financial officer for Minneapolis Public Schools

Peggy Ingison has stepped down as finance commissioner in Gov. Tim Pawlenty's administration to lead the Finance Department in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) as its chief financial officer (CFO).

Ingison had served as part of Pawlenty's leadership team for three years. She'll start her new job in January. Ingison is taking over for Craig Hintz, who held the post temporarily. As CFO, she'll be in charge of the district's daily and annual budget.

MPS Interim Superintendent Bill Green said that Ingison would be an asset in the face of the district's budget deficit that's predicted to be $15 million next year. Also, MPS has begun a long-term strategic planning process.

&#8220Her experience and knowledge of finance, particularly at the state level, will greatly benefit the children of Minneapolis. I am confident that she will lead us to where we need to be financially,” said Green in a prepared statement.

Ingison said she's looking forward to her new post in a statement released from the district. &#8220I believe that there isn't any work more important than educating the children of Minneapolis. I am honored to work with Dr. Green and a team of professionals committed to enhancing the educational experience for students,” she said.

Ingison's practice at the state government level spans over three decades. Working as the state budget director from 1996 to 2004, she oversaw the state budget from beginning stages through final touches.

Before that, Ingison served with the Senate Finance Committee from 1982 to 1996 as fiscal analyst and chief fiscal analyst.

Ingison has also been an auditor and financial manager within the Department of Transportation. Additionally, she's participated on many committees regarding budget including accountability reporting and long-range planning. The New Brighton resident is a graduate of Bemidji State University.