The Department plays a key role in every financial transaction of the City ranging from cash handling to debt management and from financial forecasting to budgetary controls. Services provided by the Department include fiscal oversight, accounting and analysis, debt management, investments, purchasing, budgeting, cash management, cashiering, collections, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, printing services, management analysis, and internal auditing.
The mission of the Department of Finance is to develop and monitor fiscal policies and procedures that ensure a financially strong and effective city government.
The Finance Department strives to be the standard of excellence in the development and implementation of innovative programs and processes.
The Department of Finance will pro-actively work with City departments and the affiliated agencies when new projects emerge and major initiatives are undertaken.
Prior to his appointment as the Finance Director, Matt Hawkesworth was the Assistant City Manager for Rosemead, California, overseeing the Finance, Human Resources, Public Works, Technology and Risk Management departments. Previously, he was the Finance Director/Treasurer for the City of Claremont, California, for three years and worked in a variety of positions for the City of El Monte, California for nine years.
Hawkesworth, an avid racing bicyclist, also has a humanistic side, demonstrated by his founding of an organization in 2011 dedicated to providing refurbished bicycles and new helmets to low-income and at-risk youth in an effort to promote a healthier and more active lifestyle.