Chapter 2.11


2.11.010    Office created.

2.11.020    Appointment and removal.

2.11.030    Scope of authority.

2.11.040    Duties.

2.11.050    Qualifications.

2.11.060    Salary and benefits.

2.11.010 Office created.

There is hereby created for the city of Othello the office of finance officer. (Ord. 803 § 1, 1989).

2.11.020 Appointment and removal.

The finance officer shall be appointed by the mayor and shall be confirmed by a majority of the whole council before assuming office. (Ord. 1076 § 1 (part), 2000: Ord. 803 § 2, 1989).

2.11.030 Scope of authority.

The finance officer shall be the chief financial officer for the city, under the direction and authority of the administrator. The finance officer shall provide for the management and administration of the investments, revenues and expenditures of the city in accordance with the applicable laws of the city and the state of Washington. (Ord. 1076 § 1 (part), 2000: Ord. 803 § 3, 1989).

2.11.040 Duties.

The finance officer shall have the following specific duties, powers and responsibilities, in addition to others provided in this chapter or otherwise:

(a)    Under the direction and authority of the administrator, the finance officer shall organize and supervise the financial operations of the city;

(b)    Receive and safely keep all moneys of the city and disburse said funds in accordance with applicable city ordinances, policies, state laws and regulations;

(c)    Hold all sales of all property upon which a judgement of foreclosure and sale has been issued;

(d)    Assist the administrator as directed in the preparation of the annual budget and annual reports;

(e)    With the consent of the administrator and mayor, invest the city’s funds in a qualified public depository maintaining such investments in a secure manner in accordance with applicable state laws and regulations;

(f)    Supervise the work of the finance department;

(g)    Provide advice and information to the administrator and mayor regarding state and/or federal rules and regulations for municipal finance and accounting;

(h)    Maintain the city’s financial records in accordance with the State Budgeting Accounting Reporting System (BARS) as amended;

(i)    Maintain awareness of new developments in municipal finance through review of appropriate professional literature and attendance at conferences and workshops as approved by the administrator;

(j)    Perform such additional duties as may be required by law or as may be requested from time to time by the mayor and administrator;

(k)    Acts as official auditing officer for the city of Othello and signs and approves all vouchers and warrants. (Ord. 1435 § 1, 2015: Ord. 1076 § 1 (part), 2000: Ord. 803 § 4, 1989).

2.11.050 Qualifications.

The finance officer shall have education and experience in finance sufficient for the performance of the duties of this position. (Ord. 1076 § 1 (part), 2000: Ord. 851 § 1, 1991: Ord. 803 § 5, 1989).

2.11.060 Salary and benefits.

The salary of the finance officer shall be set by the city council by adoption of the city budget, plus benefits equal to all other city employees in management positions. (Ord. 1076 § 1 (part), 2000: Ord. 803 § 6, 1989).