The Finance Department is responsible to the City Manager for the sound financial management and integrity of the finance system in the administration, development, and monitoring of the operating and capital budgets. Tasks include utility billing, account reconciliations, investments, debt management, and monthly reporting. The Finance Department is also here to assist the public and citizen groups with information requests and to make recommendations to the City Manager, Mayor, and City Council on financial and budgetary policies.
Before joining the City of Highland, I earned an Associate of Science Degree from BAC/SWIC followed by a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy Degree from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. While completing my college degrees I worked as a cashier, followed by customer service manager, at the local Walmart gaining valuable customer service skills. Following the completion of my bachelor's degree, I began my career as an accountant at Scheffel and Company in the Highland location. Working there for almost ten years, I prepared tax returns, monthly and annual payroll and accounting processes, and worked on multiple audits of both local governments and privately owned companies. I began my career at the City of Highland in February of 2009 as the Assistant Director of Finance transitioning to the Director of Finance in July of 2011. I am a lifelong resident of Highland and have truly enjoyed raising my family and working in a City that offers so much to our citizens, employees and customers.