A Home Rule Municipality that is self-governed under the State of Colorado Constitution, Greeley operates under a Council-Manager form of government with seven elected officials on the Council including the Mayor. Under this form of government, the City Council sets the policies for the operation of the Greeley government while the council-appointed City Manager has administrative responsibilities for city operations.
The City has a total 2020 budget of $471.3 million and a staff of approximately 970 full-time equivalent positions.
The Finance Department
The Finance Department is responsible for the administration of the financial affairs of the City including compiling financial information and data for the City Manager’s annual budget, the supervision of disbursement of all monies and control over all expenditures to ensure appropriations are not exceeded, the design and maintenance of a general accounting system along with the development and maintenance of internal controls, preparation of periodic statements of receipts and disbursements showing the financial and budgetary condition of the City, preparation of year-end financial statements, the collection of all revenue due to the City, investment of City funds, the purchasing of goods and services, and the disposal of surplus assets.
The Finance Department accounts for all revenues and expenditures of the City, compiles information and data, monitors the budget, is responsible for recording and reporting all expenditures and revenue of the City, and prepares the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and the Biennial Operating & Capital Improvement Plan, along with providing ongoing analysis of the financial condition of the City, debt issuance, debt management and the investing of City funds. The department has received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) award for Excellence in Financial Reporting each year since 1983 and the GFOA award for Distinguished Budget Presentation each year since 1992.
In FY 2020, the Finance Department is comprised of 30.5 Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) and an operating budget of approximately $3.382 million and supports 16 citywide Departments and Divisions. The Department currently encompasses the following functions:
Reviews purchase orders, creates vendor accounts, processes requests for payment, payroll, and oversees the Visa Card program.
Responsible for the City’s budget and budget documents.
Responsible for all customer service, cashiering, and billing. This area oversees the Food Tax Rebate Program, bill printing, the bill stuffer and mailing contract.
Processing bank transactions and reconciliation, creation of Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Investments, and fund accounting.
Financial Services & Fiscal Management
Provides complete and accurate financial information to management, City Council, City departments and to the citizens of Greeley. It also provides administrative direction for the entire Finance Department in addition to debt issuance and debt management.
Provides a purchasing team which is utilized for any City purchase. This team assists with specifications, prepares bids, and assures observance of City ordinances pertaining to purchasing and contracting. The purchasing staff serves as an interface between departmental personnel and vendors.
Sales Tax Administration
Ensures the collection and auditing of sale and uses taxes and the issuing of business licenses.
Provides billing services to the City utility customers, answers public inquiries, maintains utility billing records, performs special utility meter reading service requests.
The Finance Director is responsible for the preparation and oversight of the City’s $178,273,757 operating budget. In addition, the Director maintains appropriate accounting records and financial reporting to the City Council, the City Manager, and all the departments of the city.
Key responsibilities include providing leadership and coordination in the administrative, business planning, accounting, and budgeting efforts of the City of Greeley by overseeing all functions outlined above. The Finance Director – a position which reports directly to the City Manager with day to day supervision currently provided by the Assistant City Manager for Finance and Administration - provides information to the City Council, City Department Directors, and to the public.
The Ideal Candidate
Greeley’s ideal candidate is an established or up and coming leader in the municipal budget and finance field with a proven ability or passion to engage staff and collaborate with colleagues while integrating policy and best practice. The new Finance Director should:
Key Finance Department Initiatives in 2020 and Beyond Include:
Education and Experience Qualified applicants will have a Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business administration or a closely related field and at least (7) seven years progressively responsible municipal government and finance management experience; a Master’s degree is preferred.