Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Chief Administrative and Financial Officer (CAFO) TJ Plante have announced that Melanie Acobe has been promoted as the City of Springfield’s Budget Director. She becomes the City’s first Latina Budget Director.
Acobe is a Springfield resident and former student at Central High School. Previously, she served as the City of Springfield’s Grants Director and as a Senior Budget Analyst. Acobe will be replacing Tim Brown, who has taken another career opportunity outside of Springfield.
Mayor Sarno states, “First of all, thank you to Tim Brown and I wish him continued success in his new opportunity. Melanie Acobe is a wonderful and very talented professional and as always, everything being equal, we always look to promote from within, which enhances and strengthens morale. Melanie’s story is very motivational. She grew up in the Brightwood section of our North End. Briefly moved to Puerto Rico. She attended Central High School put herself through both undergraduate and graduate schools, and purchased a house in Springfield. She returned to a community that she loves, to give back to the City that gave her so much as the City’s first ever Latina Budget Director.”
CAFO Plante added, “First, I want to thank Tim Brown for his service to our finance team, the City and our residents. I wish him continued success in all of his future endeavors. I want to acknowledge and congratulate Melanie Acobe on all of her achievements and becoming the city’s first Latina Budget Director. She has the skills, training, education and pedigree to be successful in this role.”
Budget Director Melanie Acobe stated, “I’d like to thank Mayor Sarno, TJ Plante and Lindsay Hackett-Long for their continued support in my career. I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity and am looking forward to serving the City in my new role as Budget Director.”
Acobe holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Westfield State University as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Rollins College.
Acobe will start February 1, 2021.