City Controller
City of Fishers

Oscar Gutierrez emigrated to the United States in 1991 at the age of 11 shortly after losing his mother. He began working at age 14 as a busboy and dishwasher and, at 17, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he was on active duty from 1997-2001. He joined the Army Reserve in 2006 and has been there ever since, serving active duty from 2009-2013.

Paper town: Technically, Gutierrez is the first controller for Fishers, which used to have a clerk/treasurer. But, he said, you can’t manage things the same way for 80,000 people as you did for 2,000. “We have to evolve into a more sophisticated way of doing business,” he said. “Part of my challenge has been modernizing a lot of processes. There was still a lot of paper.”

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