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.

 


Finance and Management Services

Tony McDowell, Interim Finance Director

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


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

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

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

 

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