Department of Finance and Administrative Services
The mission of the Department of Finance is to provide quality financial services and customer service excellence to our residents, employees, and vendors through the collection and disbursement of funds, accurate financial reporting, and responsible management of assets.
The Department of Finance is composed of six divisions and manages all financial aspects of City government:
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The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) oversees and directs all aspects of the City’s finances, including preparation and administration of the City’s Strategic Plan and Budget, preparation of financial reports, and oversight of accounting payroll, grant reporting, and purchasing. The Director supervises the directors of Treasury, Human Resources, Information Technology, Purchasing, Assessing, and Fleet, and advises the City Administrator, Mayor, and City Council on all financial matters.
About the CFO, Hughey Newsome:
In late 2017, Mayor Karen Weaver appointed Hughey Newsome to serve as Chief Financial Officer for the City of Flint. City Council approved the recommendation Monday, November 13, 2017.
“I am glad to have Hughey Newsome serve as the Flint’s interim CFO,” said Mayor Weaver. “We appreciate everything those in the Finance Department who have stepped up to handle the financial matters since the last CFO’s contract expired. Now that Hughey is onboard I am confident the department will continue to operate efficiently with progress being made.
Hughey Newsome comes to Flint with over 13 years of experience working in various positions in the field of finance. He most recently worked as a senior manager at MorganFranklin Consulting near Washington, DC. In that position, he worked with a variety of finance units to establish financial systems to improve cash management, increase functionality, and develop processes to achieve time and cost savings. Newsome spent years working as a consultant, advising Fortune 500 clients on procurement strategy and process improvement function. He also worked as a financial analyst supporting cash management, debt compliance and accounting activities at Chrysler Financial Services.
While the bulk of his professional career has been in the private sector, Newsome has devoted much of his personal time becoming involved in civic issues. When he discovered the City of Flint had an opening for a Chief Financial Officer, he saw it as a unique opportunity; a way to fulfill his professional goals and to use his skills and experience to make a difference.
“So many people speak about what should be happening in places like Flint, but too few people are willing to do the work,” said Newsome. “I am ready do the work.”
Newsome is aware of the financial challenges the City of Flint is faced with. He hopes to implement some of the processes he’s used previously that have produced successful outcomes, to improve Flint’s financial position.
“My vision for this position not only includes making sure the City’s finances are in order, but also finding and implementing out-of-the-box solutions to funding shortages,” Newsome said.
Newsome earned a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School. He also has a master’s degree from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas in electrical engineering.
The Finance Division provides Accounting, Accounts Payable, Budgeting, Payroll, Purchasing, Grant Reporting, and Risk Management services. The Division prepares the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and the City’s Budget Documents.
The Assessment Division is responsible for maintaining the property records of the City. This includes establishing and maintaining assessed values of real and personal property.
The Human Resources and Labor Relations Division oversees the recruitment and hiring of qualified employees in compliance with laws and ordinances, provides professional and technical advice in the development of personnel polices and contracts, and assists departments and employees in providing training and resolving disputes.
The Information Technology Services Division oversees the design, purchase, implementation, and operation of the City’s technology infrastructure, provides professional and technical advice to departments in utilization of technology, and identifies and provides technology related training.
The Treasury Division is responsible for the collection of revenues, including real property taxes, personal property taxes, license and permit fees and other fees for City services.
The Fleet Division oversees the specification, purchase, repair, maintenance and replacement of all city owned vehicles and wheeled equipment. In addition, Fleet provides professional and technical advice to departments regarding their vehicle and equipment needs.