Director of Finance
809 Center Street, Room 101
Santa Cruz, California 95060
email Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Revenue Division Closed 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)
Administration of the City's financial matters is the responsibility of the Finance Department. The Director of Finance is the chief financial officer of the City and advises the City Manager and the City Council on financial matters. This department maintains the City's accounting records, collects and invests City revenues, pays invoices, handles purchasing functions of the City, and reports on the City's financial status to the City Manager and City Council.
The Finance Department is comprised of four divisions:
Administration and Accounting:
The Administration and Accounting division directs overall department operations; performs short-range and long-range financial planning; Monitors financial condition of City; Develops and implements efficient and effective financial policies, plans and reporting systems that help the operating departments achieve their objectives and assure the City's long-term fiscal health. Conducts audits of hotels and motels in accordance with the City's transient occupancy tax law; Verifies compliance of terms of lease agreements, with the City, by lessees. Administers Social Services Programs; Invests funds in accordance with the City's investment policy; Prepares City Budget; Prepares annual financial reports.
Processes all City disbursements; ensures that all payroll and vendor records are maintained and reported in accordance with federal and state tax laws; administers the capital asset policy; provides division-related professional accounting services, including the projection of personnel costs; and administers the following programs: Refundable deposits, petty cash, and unclaimed checks.
Provides services for all City departments and is responsible for ensuring that expenditures comply with the law; issues purchase orders and ensures that the City's dealings with the business community are conducted in a fair and expeditious manner. Ensures that goods and services received comply with the City's terms and conditions, and maintains the on-line bids and RFPs .
Responsible for analyzing and collecting revenues for all City operations.
Maintains accounts receivable, Alcohol Sales Permit fees, and transient occupancy tax records. Provides Business Licenses and maintains the Business License Internet database for public access.