In September 2021, the City of Paramount enlisted Tripepi Smith Talent Solutions (TSTS) to aid in its recruitment for a new Director of Finance.

“The Finance Director position is one of the hardest to recruit for in municipal government,” said City Manager John Moreno. “Tripepi Smith is a longtime partner of the City of Paramount, so we knew we could count on them given their track record of high quality work and outreach.”

After the three-month recruitment process, the City of Paramount hired Kim Sao to fill the Finance Director position. She previously served as the Deputy Director of Administrative Services/Finance for the City of South Gate for six years and an Accounting Manager for the City of Carson for nearly eight years before that.

In its recruitment efforts, Tripepi Smith Talent Solutions created a brochure to explain the role and illustrate the characteristics of a successful candidate. TSTS also fielded and organized applications for the City’s ease of access.

“I am excited for the City’s selection of its new Finance Director,” said Tripepi Smith Talent Solutions Director Bob Hall. “Throughout the recruitment process, Kim displayed Paramount’s values and traits that will make her successful in the role and within the community.”

About TS Talent Solutions

TS Talent Solutions is a California-based executive search and talent development organization with a focus on the local government sector. A division of Tripepi Smith, TS Talent Solutions leverages the expertise and digital acumen of its parent firm to deliver next-generation recruitment solutions for public agencies. The quest for talent never ends, but progress is made with TS Talent Solutions.

About the City of Paramount
Paramount, California is nationally known for its successful transformation from blighted suburb to a well-run city with an attractive business climate and quality of life. Located at the gateway to the Los Angeles metropolis, the municipality has earned numerous state and federal awards for its innovative strategic planning, eco-friendly initiatives and investment in capital improvements. Today, Paramount is a business-friendly, growing community of landscaped boulevards, enhanced police service, parks, recreation programs, affordable housing, public art, and tree-lined neighborhoods with white picket fences.