The City's Financial Services department provides financial services to City Council, City departments and citizens, which involves the safeguarding and administration of the City’s $215 million of financial and non-financial assets, and $34 million of annual operating costs (includes operating expenses, debt servicing and reserve savings).
Key department functions that support the day to day operations include: the provision of accounting, financial policy development and implementation, banking & investments, budget & business planning, debt management, long-term financial planning, processing of accounts payable and receivable. The Finance department conducts completion of the financial yearend, levying and collecting municipal taxes and utility fees and annual budget as the core components of the City's annual cycle. Finance is also responsible for the external annual reporting of financial activities to the province.
As Director of Finance, Cheryl is responsible for providing support for day-to-day operations of the City through the provisioning of accounting, banking and investments, budget & business planning, debt management, long-term financial planning, and tax collection services.
“One of my goals as the Director of Finance is to increase awareness and access to the City of Pitt Meadow’s financials and expenditures,” Cheryl says.
Naturally drawn to the finance field, Cheryl earned her degree as a CGA from the Certified General Accountants Association of BC in 1995. She first stepped into the private sector but made the leap to local government in 2002, working for City of Port Moody in the roles of Financial Accountant, Accounting Manager, and lastly, Manager of Revenue & Taxation.
Cheryl began her work at the City of Pitt Meadows as Manager of Financial Planning & Accounting and has been in the role of Director of Finance since December 2015.
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Cheryl moved to BC at a very young age and has called Maple Ridge home for the greater portion of her life. She is married to her husband of 33 years, has a teenage daughter, and 2 cats to round out the family.