Meet the Director
Sara Lenehan is a Certified Public Accountant and Chief Financial Officer of the City of Little Rock. Sara joined the City of Little Rock in September 2004 as Comptroller and was promoted to Director of Finance in March 2008. Sara manages the financial affairs of the City’s primary government operations and advises the Board of Directors, the Mayor, the City Manager, and other City Departments regarding financial policies and issues. Sara leads a team of forty-six (46) employees with responsibility for Accounting and Reporting, Budgeting, Procurement, Treasury Management, Internal Audit, Grants Management, and the Print Shop. In addition, Sara serves as City Treasurer, and is a member of the Rock Region Metro Board of Directors, and the Arkansas Fire & Police Pension Review Board. Sara was selected as the Arkansas Business Public Sector CFO of the Year in 2021 and the Arkansas Government Finance Officer of the Year in 2014. In addition to governmental accounting, Sara’s experience includes approximately eight (8) years in public accounting with national and regional firms, and approximately thirteen (13) years in the private sector with Alltel Corporation. Sara graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting. Sara is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, the Arkansas Government Finance Officers Association, and the Arkansas Institute of Certified Public Accountants.