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About This Department
The Finance Department provides accessible services to our customers and accurate information to city leaders in order to facilitate informed decision-making. We provide residents and businesses of Atchison with a city government that is financially sound and diversified, supporting the community vision of the future while meeting our current needs within available resources. We believe in excellent customer service, transparency, and responsible stewardship of public funds.
The Finance Department includes several management duties crucial to efficient and effective delivery of local public services. While many of these functions take place behind the scenes, they are fundamental to the smooth operation of other city departments.
Finance Director/Assistant City Manager Becky Berger has overall authority and responsibility for the Finance Department. Duties include establishing operating guidelines, budget planning and oversight, overall supervision of department personnel, and responsibility for the quality of service provided by the Finance Department. In collaboration with the City Manager, the Finance Director/Assistant City Manager provides oversight for City communications and aids in legislative relations.
Municipal Court administration and information technology oversight also fall under the Finance Department as does the contracted financial management of White Clay Watershed District in partnership with the City’s Public Works Department.
Finance staff coordinates:
- Staff payroll and benefits administration
- Accounts payable and receivable
- Budget preparation and administration
- Asset management and purchasing activities
- Financial planning and reporting
- Accounts and investments
- Utility billing
Finance also administers risk management activities, which are centralized to protect city assets against property liability and loss. Staff is responsible for communicating with all departments to ensure both accountability and comprehension of budgetary limits and procurement policies.