Finance Director - Jeri Tejeda

Mission Statement

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The fiscal management program coordinates preparation of the City's budget, issues financial reports and administers the disbursement of City funds in accordance with adopted fiscal policies and internal control procedures. Program goals are 1) developing and implementing effective and efficient financial planning, reporting, and accounting systems that help the operating departments achieve their objectives; 2) providing quality customer service; 3) protecting the City's resources from unauthorized use.

Responsibilities

Financial planning and reporting

Coordinates preparation of the financial plan, annual budgets and mid-year budget reviews; prepares the comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR); coordinates annual and special audits; reviews the preparation of the annual State Controller's Reports; issues interim financial reports on the City's fiscal and budgetary status; prepares the cost allocation plan; calculates the annual appropriation limit; maintains access of financial information to department directors and other City system users; maintains the distribution of accurate and timely financial information; prepares and reviews fiscal impact reports and analyses.

General accounting services and policies 

Maintains the general ledger system and chart of accounts; prepares daily cash deposits and reports; reconciles monthly bank statements; establishes accounting and purchasing policies systems and practices; coordinates cooperative purchasing opportunities; reviews contract documents for compliance with City purchasing policies; administers the City's real and personal property management systems; coordinates federal and state disaster cost recovery activities; reviews claims to recover the cost of providing state-mandated services (SB90); maintains historical records of the City's financial performance.

Investments, banking services, and debt service administration

Manages the City's investment portfolio in accordance with adopted policies and plans, including preparing cash flow projections, identifying appropriate investment vehicles and timeframes and allocating interest earnings among funds in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles; administers the City's banking services contract; coordinates project financings and administers debt service obligations in accordance with bond covenants.

Payroll

Processes the City's employee payroll; filing monthly and annual reports with taxing authorities and regulatory agencies; coordinates employee benefit coverage and reports with the Administrative Services Department; processes payments for insurance benefits and withheld taxes; provides payroll statistics to various departments and agencies.

Accounts payable

Processes the City's accounts payable and issues checks to vendors; files annual reports required by regulatory agencies; reviews internal controls and adheres to established payables procedures; maintains vendor and encumbrance files; reviews contract pay estimates.

Support services

Processes U.S. mail; inventories and orders copier/printer paper supplies.

Goals

  • ​Continue to develop strategies that will provide a balanced budget that retains the City's fiscal health, preserves critical services and implements long-term productivity improvements and cost-reduction strategies.
  • Continue to develop 5 and 10 year pro-forma projections for all funds.
  • Revise and update procedures for processing of accounts payable and purchasing.
  • Review and revise investment policy as needed.
  • Develop timely and accurate interim financial information based on the newly adopted program-based budget and ERP software.
  • Continue to issue Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR) in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles that meet the Government Finance Officer's Association's program requirements for excellence in financial reporting.
  • Develop a fleet and equipment funding policy for City Council consideration.
  • Continue to review fiscal impact reports and development agreements related to future development including the potential hotel/water park and Family Entertainment Zone (FEZ).