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Chief Deputy Controller

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DEFINITION: Under general administrative direction, assists the Auditor-Controller in the directing, controlling and managing of County, districts and other governmental agencies financial and accounting operations; plans, organizes and directs activities of Auditor-Controller accounting divisions; and performs other related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is single-position class. This class is distinguished from the class of Assistant Auditor-Controller by its primary assignment of financial and accounting control and coordination across County departments, whereas the Assistant Auditor-Controller's primary responsibility is to assist the Auditor-Controller in directing and managing the County's auditing, financial reporting, financial accounting, financial systems and managerial operations.


1. Directs, controls and manages the County's, districts and other governmental agencies financial and accounting operations, based on State Controller regulations and Government Accounting and Financial Reporting principles. Directs professional and technical staff engaged in budgetary, financial and operational accounting. Provides advice to the Auditor-Controller on a variety of policy and procedural matters related to effective accounting within County government and its operating departments.
2. Responsible for the facilitation and coordination of multi-departmental financial and accounting issues and concerns to ensure a comprehensive approach in managing County accounting policies and procedures in the most effective and efficient way. Manages and controls the financial tables for the Financial Information Network and Budget Development System.
3. Works closely with the County Administrator and departments in the development of the budget, capital plan and county financial management systems. The position works with a finance team on short-term and long-term financing projects, the team includes the elected County Treasurer, County Counsel, County Administrator, Bond Counsel and Underwriter. The incumbent prepares the County's annual cash flow requirement for the short-term financing and monitors the cash flow throughout the year. The position acts as a liaison to districts for their bond issues.
4. Provides direction to Auditor-Controller accounting divisions. Consults with professional and technical staff engaged in a variety of financial and accounting activities. Plans, assigns, reviews, and evaluates work assignments. Participates in hiring, training and evaluation of staff.
5. Participates in the development and maintenance of financial management information systems. Provides consultation to departments and districts regarding financial and accounting systems and compliance.
6. Researches financial and accounting issues as required by the County Auditor-Controller, County Administrator or the Board of Supervisors. Analyzes proposed or enacted legislation for financial and operational impact on the County. Oversee complex accounting changes frequently required by legislation.


1. Extensive (typically four years') progressively responsible professional accounting experience in governmental accounting and finance, including two years of project management or supervisory experience; or
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements: Possession of a bachelor's degree, preferably in accounting.

Knowledge of: theory, principles and practices of governmental accounting, budgeting and financial reporting; debt financing methods and practices; financial and accounting management systems maintenance and development; the integration and control of manual and automated financial accounting systems.

Ability to:plan, coordinate, and organize county-wide financial accounting policies, procedures, applications, systems and projects; evaluate complex accounting changes and implement solutions; interpret and apply legislation that affect governmental financial and accounting concepts; establish and maintain effective working relationships with department heads, managers, budget and accounting professionals; establish standards and evaluate performance; develop and revise policy and procedures for various accounting matters; make independent judgments on accounting issues.

Desirable Qualifications:Possession of a Certified Public Accountant certificate.

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