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. The department encourages the personal and professional growth of its employees, and to this end, provides excellence to its customers.

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 Strategic Services

 

Leads the Strategic Services Team which is comprised of the Purchasing Division, Risk Division, and Strategic Planning & Performance Management. Works closely with the Department Director to execute critical strategic projects. Partners with the Internal Auditor on Business Performance Management projects related to operational improvement. Leads and manages cross-functional project teams. Acts as an internal consulting partner to other departments.

Frank McGowan, Finance and Strategic Services Manager

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

 

Strategic Planning & Performance

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

 

Fiscal Services Division

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

The Fiscal Services Division maintains and preserves the City’s financial records and delivers support and other services to City staff and outside vendors. The Division is also 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 Division

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

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

  • Manage the purchase card program

 

Budget and Financial Reporting 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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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 [...]

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 City Council passes modest Fees & Charges changes for FY 2019-2020

  At a glance                     On April 9, Asheville City Council adopted its Fees & Charges for FY 2019-2020.                     Fee increases are aimed at cost recovery to lessen the burden on property tax payers.                     There will be a modest increase to water and stormwater fees. Impact per the average household will be 70 cents a month or $8.40 for [...]