Finance & Administration
Finance & Administration
The Director of Finance oversees the operation of the Finance, Purchasing and Information Technology department. The largest area, the Finance department, consists of four main areas- Financial Operations, Financial Planning, Revenue and Taxation, and Utilities. The department is responsible for the maintenance of accounting and other financial records for the Town and some of its Boards.
Responsibilities include the receipt and expenditure of all Town funds, administration of budgets and tax levies. The preparation and correlation of annual budgets is an important function of the Director of Finance and Administration. The Department also provides financial, administrative, and technical support to the Chief Administrative Officer, Council and to all other Town Departments.
The Administration Section ensures that the administrative responsibilities of an “effective and efficient” municipal unit are carried out in accordance with the Municipal Government Act. This “Section” includes the Chief Administrative Officer, Human Resources/Administration Officer ,1 Executive Assistant, 2 Administrative Assistants, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator and a Project Assistant.
The Chief Administrative Officer is responsible to Council to ensure that the proper administration of Town business, in accordance with the by-laws and policies adopted by Council, are followed. All department heads report to the Chief Administrative Officer. The CAO also serves as the supervisor for the Administration Section.
The Human Resources/Administration Officer focuses on employee/employer based issues. Some of the issues include, but are not limited to: employee/employer relations, grievances, serves as liaison between the Town and its unions, maintains the Personnel Policy and Procedures Manual, works with Workers Compensation issues, etc. This individual also serves as the Licensing Authority for the Town of Bridgewater.
The three Assistants work together as a “team” to ensure that the day-to-day administrative functions are carried out with a minimal amount of disruption to the organization. These Secretaries, with their combined expertise and knowledge, serve as “resources” as each individual directly and/or indirectly deals with various aspects of the Town’s government structure. Their duties vary according to their specific “job”; however, some of the duties include, but are not limited to: Acting as recording secretaries for Council and its various Committees and Commissions; maintaining filing system and permanent records register; taxi license processing, maintaining Policies and By-laws for the Town, as well as, a wide variety of word processing duties that range from daily correspondence to complex reports.
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Fax: (902) 543-6876