Salt Lake Council Executive Director Linda Hamilton will be director of finance for the city, Salt Lake Mayor Palmer DePaulis announced Friday morning.

Hamilton will replace outgoing director Lance Bateman, who is leaving this month after responding to an outside audit thought to be critical of the way the department is operated."I have been particularly impressed by Linda's management skill," DePaulis said. "I have every confidence she will manage the Finance Department with as much energy and professionalism as she has done . . . in her former positions."

Hamilton has served as council director since 1986. From 1985 to 1986 she was staff assistant to the regional vice president of FHP, and from 1984 to 1985 she was state human services policy adviser.

She has also worked as a senior analyst for the state Office of Planning and Budget and as the governor's budget analyst for the Department of Social Services.