Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed last week said he is considering three candidates to be the city’s chief financial officer. The names were among those submitted by a selection committee after a national search.

“Like many cities and counties across the nation, Atlanta has faced a tough economic environment for more than a year,” Reed said in a statement. “I am looking forward to working with a chief financial officer who is committed to shoring up the city’s coffers and making smart decisions today that ensure Atlanta’s fiscal health tomorrow.”

The three top candidates are J. Anthony “Jim” Beard, director of compliance and revenue for the Palm Beach County, Fla.’s clerk and comptroller’s office; Michael J. Bell, director of finance for DeKalb County, Ga.; and Joya C. De Foor, the city treasurer for Los Angeles.

Reed did not indicate when he would make his final selection. The new CFO will make $150,000 a year or more, according to advertisements for the job.

The successful candidate will replace Jim Glass, who stepped down along with other top members of former Mayor Shirley Franklin’s administration. Franklin was term-limited out of office last year.

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