The Miami Springs City Council voted to move forward with hiring an executive search firm to find a new City Manager. The City Manager is the most powerful role in Miami Springs City Government. The City Manager is really the CEO of the City of Miami Springs. The City Council in many ways acts like the city’s board of directors with the mayor acting as chairman of the board.
The City of Miami Springs evaluated the following executive search firms:
- Colin Baenziger & Associates
- GovHR USA
- Mercer Group Florida
- Slaving Management Consultants
At last week’s special meeting, the City Council selected the Mercer Group out of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida.
Now, just because the city selected an executive search firm to hire a new city manager, it doesn’t prevent our current assistant city manager, Tammy Romero from applying and competing for the role of city manager.
That said, we applaud the city council’s decision to broaden the search and use a professional firm to help the City of Miami Springs to bring in the best pool of candidates for the future of Miami Springs.
New Finance Director
Since outgoing city manager, William Alonso, also acted as the city’s finance director, the City of Miami Springs is also looking to hire a new finance director. The search for this position is already underway.
Below is the description of the Finance Director Position and Requirements:
The Finance Director performs a variety of complex supervisory, professional, administrative, technical accounting, and finance functions necessary to maintain the City’s fiscal integrity. The incumbent manages the Finance Department and is responsible for the City’s core financial operations, including annual operating and capital budget preparation, accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial reporting, payroll processing, cashiering, and revenue monitoring. Other key functions include internal control development and monitoring, internal audits of City departments, debt management, and the coordination of the external financial audit.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Prepares and coordinates the City’s proposed and final budget for the City Manager/City Council; prepares related presentations and budget documents; and provides quarterly or periodic financial updates.
- Prepares or supervises preparation of the City’s annual financial reports; oversees annual independent audit and interfaces with independent auditors.
- Maintains financial records. Prepares financial statements and cost reports at regular intervals, including operating and capital outlay expenditures and revenue projects and annual budget preparation. Directs the audit and approval of disbursements for goods and services within budget appropriations.
- Serves as financial advisor to the City Council, the City Manager, and City departments. As requested, makes related presentations to City Council, committees, and commissions and represents the City at finance-related events.
- Oversees the management of the City’s financial software system.
- Establishes and maintains internal control procedures and assures that state and national standard accounting procedures are maintained.
- Oversees the posting and reconciliation of ledgers and accounts. Directs the preparation of state and Federal reports, including tax reports.
- Oversees payroll and accounts payable processing.
- Oversees the investment of City funds.
- Develops or assists in the development of financial studies, plans, forecasts, estimates, and finance-related ordinances and resolutions.
- Supervises the collection of taxes, fees, and other receipts in accordance with laws and regulations.
- Manages and supervises assigned operations to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains, motivates and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed.
- Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long-range plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports, and recommendations; coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as needed.
- Assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures in the assigned area to assure sound fiscal control; prepares annual budget requests; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.
- Maintains harmony among department staff and resolves grievances. Performs or assists subordinates in performing duties; adjusts errors and complaints.
- Performs other duties as assigned by the City Manager.
- Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in accounting, finance, business or public administration, or a closely related field.
- Five (5) years of progressively responsible work in municipal government finance.
- Must have a satisfactory credit rating.
- Must be bondable.
- Must have extensive knowledge of and experience with accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchase orders, and payroll systems and the demonstrated ability to oversee and supervise technical and clerical staff performing those duties.
- Master’s degree in a related field and designation as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO), or Certified Governmental Finance Officer (CGFO) desired.
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