Mission Statement

To provide clear, accurate, and timely financial information services and reporting within the organization and to the public. Provide for safekeeping and the prudent investment of all City funds as well as strict budgetary control over all departments. Collect all revenues of the City in a courteous and equitable manner.

About the Department

The Finance Department is responsible for the coordination and monitoring of all financial matters concerning the City of Berkeley. The Finance Department supplies accounting services for municipal financial resources in accordance of city ordinances as well as federal and state laws.  The Department is also responsible for collecting revenues, paying expenditures, monitoring the City's investments, developing the annual operating budget, providing the City Council and the City Manager with both short and long-term financial forecasts while advising of the financial affairs of the City, and coordinating efforts with public accountants to accomplish an annual certified audit of the city's operation. 

The Finance Department also processes applications for and the licensing of businesses, liquor, parking, boats, peddler, charitable solicitation, and landlord/rental licenses.


  • Torenzo Ford, Finance Director
  • LeKesha Lee, Staff Accountant
  • Karema Thabet, Finance Clerk
  • Kayla Walton, Finance Admin