What we do

The Finance and Management Services Department provides financial management and oversight in support of all city functions while adhering to the principles of leadership, customer service, quality, integrity, and collaboration.



  1. Improve communication and cross-functional collaboration through partnerships and education.
  2. Clearly define performance expectations and motivators to attract, develop, and retain high quality staff.
  3. Instill confidence, inspire trust, and ensure transparency through accurate, purposeful financial and managerial processes and reporting.


Finance and Management Services

Tony McDowell, Finance Director

Office Phone: 828-259-5635
Email: tmcdowell@ashevillenc.gov


Becki Ogles, Assistant Finance Director

Office Phone: 828-251-4094
Email: bogles@ashevillenc.gov


Alisha Mazza, Business Services Supervisor

Office Phone:  828-259-5598
Email:  amazza@ashevillenc.gov

Financial and Strategic Services

The Strategic Services Team is comprised of Compliance and the Purchasing Division.

Frank McGowan, Finance and Strategic Services Manager (currently on interim assignment in the Community and Economic Development Department)

Office Phone: 828-259-5811
Cell Phone: 828-777-1139
Email: fmcgowan@ashevillenc.gov



Tom Downing, Financial and Programmatic Compliance Specialist
Phone: 828-259-5588
Email: tdowning@ashevillenc.gov


Purchasing and Contracting Division

Click here to access the Purchasing and Contracting Division, Current Bid Opportunities and other related information.

Amy Patterson, Purchasing Manager 
Phone: 828-259-5953
Email: apatterson@ashevillenc.gov

Risk Management Division

Risk Management’s mission is to provide effective risk, safety and claims management services to each department and the citizens of Asheville in a timely, courteous, efficient and effective manner within organizational guidelines.

The Risk Management Division provides comprehensive administration, budgeting, financing and loss prevention control services for the City of Asheville, including all lines of insurance and Workers’ Compensation. The Division also processes claims for damages from the public and manages them to disposition and works with all departments to mitigate unsafe conditions in City facilities or in the protocols and procedures utilized to deliver services.

The City Risk Manager serves as the American with Disabilities (ADA) Coordinator regarding ADA Title II concerns. Please contact the City Risk Manager regarding ADA Title II matters.


Brad Stein, Risk Manager 
Phone: 828-259-5687
E-mail: bstein@ashevillenc.gov


Accounting Division

The Accounting Division manages the operational and reporting aspects of Finance to ensure compliance with all city, state and outside agency regulations and accounting standards. The Accounting Division also delivers support and other services to internal departments, as well as external vendors. 

Specific functions managed by the Accounting Division include: 

  • All payroll related functions
  • Mange all central accounts payable activities
  • Management of the City’s central banking account relationships
  • Maintenance of the City’s debt and investment portfolio
  • Preparation of miscellaneous billing items, including annual business license renewal
  • Manage the purchase card (P-Card) program
  • Manages the year-end audit
  • Maintenance of general ledger and sub-ledgers
  • Preparation of the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR)
  • Other functions include capital assets, grant accounting, sales tax, and all general ledger reconciliations.

Budget Division

Taylor Floyd – Budget Manager
Phone: (828) 259-5592
E-mail: tfloyd@ashevillenc.gov


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Finance and Management Services News

City of Asheville presents proposed FY2023-24 Budget at May 9 City Council meeting

During Asheville City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting on May 9, City Manager Debra Campbell and Budget Manager Taylor Floyd presented the proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2023-24 budget. Once adopted, the FY 2023-24 budget will fund City operations from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024.    The FY 2023-24 Proposed Budget totals $239.7 million, a $22.1 million [...]

Asheville City Council passes FY23 budget with key investments in top priorities.

At its June 28 meeting Asheville City Council passed the City Managers recommended budget with a 6 to 1 vote.  The $217 million budget is based on internal work, community input and Council priorities, and reflects the long term strategies and continuation of the reimagining public safety process.