What we do


The Finance and Management Services Department is responsible for providing accurate and timely information regarding the city’s financial affairs while adhering to the principles of leadership, customer service, quality, integrity, teamwork and collaboration.

We Care.

We Use Best Practices.

We Spend Tax Dollars Wisely.

 


Goals

 

  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.

 


Financial and Strategic Services

The Strategic Services Team is comprised of the Purchasing, Risk Management, and Compliance.


Frank McGowan, Finance and Strategic Services Manager

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

 

Compliance

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

 


Financial Operations and Treasury

Douglas Whitman, Treasurer
Phone: (828) 259-5502
E-mail: dwhitman@ashevillenc.gov

The Financial Operations and Treasury Team manages payroll, accounts payable and receivable,  and delivers support and other services to City staff and outside vendors. The Division is responsible for management of the City’s cash, investment and debt portfolios in compliance to NC State Statutes, federal requirements and generally accepted accounting principles. A brief listing of the responsibilities of the fiscal services division are as follows:

  • 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 portfolio
  • Preparation of miscellaneous billing items, including annual business License renewal

 

Accounting and Financial Reporting

Becki King, Controller
Phone: (828) 259-5589
E-mail: bking3@ashevillenc.gov

The Accounting and Financial Reporting Team is responsible for financial reporting, general ledger and sub-ledger accounting.  The team leads the year-end audit and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) process.

  • Manage the purchase card program

 

Budget and Forecasting Division

Tony McDowell, Assistant Director of Finance – Budget and Forecasting
Phone: (828) 259-5635
E-mail: tmcdowell@ashevillenc.gov

 

Finance and Management Services News

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City of Asheville launches easy-to-use Utility Express Pay portal for your Combined Utility Statement

  Paying your City of Asheville Combined Utility Statement just got a whole lot easier. The City has launched a new online payment portal, Utility Express Pay. The enhanced portal now features: Fast and easy registration; A way to schedule recurring payments; Acceptance of debit, credit and eChecks; Paperless billing;  A place to review past bills and payments; and Ability to view and [...]

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Balanced budget, investments in transit and no tax increase highlight Asheville’s 2019-2020 budget

  Construction of a new Fire Station 13, and more than $1 million in funding towards the first-year recommendations of the Transit Master Plan are included in the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Annual Operating Budget adopted by Asheville City Council during their June 11 meeting.   By law, Council must pass a balanced budget in advance of the fiscal [...]

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City of Asheville’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Annual Operating Budget posted online

    The City of Asheville’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Annual Operating Budget is now posted online at this link. It’s available for everyone to review!   The budget was presented to City Council during their May 14 meeting, 5 p.m. in Council Chambers, second floor of City Hall. Find the proposed budget presentation to Council [...]