Finance Department

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City Hall
110 E. Cook Street, Room 6
Santa Maria, Ca 93454 


harvey_mary_2016MARY HARVEY

Director of Finance
City Hall
110 E. Cook Street, Room 6
Santa Maria, Ca 93454
City Phone: (805) 925-0951 ext. 2214 
City Fax: (805) 925-2243




  • Master of Business Administration (University of La Verne)
  • Bachelor of Science - Business Administration (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo)
  • Associate of Arts - Liberal Arts (Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria)
  • Director, Department of Finance, City of Santa Maria
  • Accounting and Budget Manager, Finance Division, City of Santa Maria
  • Acting Director, Department of Administrative Services, City of Santa Maria
  • Accounting Manager, City of Santa Maria
  • Senior Finance Specialist, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company


  • Government Finance Officers Association
  • California Society of Municipal Finance Officers


The Director of Finance is responsible for a comprehensive program of administrative and financial activities, including accounting,budgeting, treasury/investments,business license, purchasing/accounts payable, utility billing, accounts receivable, and payroll.  


To provide the highest level of service to the residents, City Council and other City departments, within the adopted budget, and to provide accurate and timely financial information, quality customer service in utility billing, and fiscally sound cash management.

2016-17 Goals/Objectives 

  1. Assess existing standard operating procedures in the Finance and Utility Billing Divisions and create an SOP review schedule to ensure procedures reflect current practices and SOP are updated periodically.
  2. Evaluate feasibility of preparing in-house, Affordable Care Act forms required by the Internal Revenue Service.
  3. Establish a cross-training schedule for Finance staff in order to continue to provide service during staff shortages as well as encourage and foster team work.
  4. Continue to facilitate improvements in budget production by integrating automated processes in the City’s financial system and eliminating paper forms.
  5. Research the feasibility to add business license web renewal and application process online, which if implemented, would enhance customer service by allowing the business owner the option to apply for a new business license online and renew existing business licenses.
  6. Evaluate the feasibility of implementing a cash payment kiosk to offer payment options after hours and off-site locations.
  7. Investigate the feasibility of an Interactive Voice Response system in utility billing, to empower customers to interact with a host system via telephone keypad or by speech recognition, after which they can make transactions.
  8. Cross-train Finance Clerks to acquire the knowledge and skills of each other’s duties, and gain an understanding of the Utility Billing Lead Clerk and Utility Billing Manager’s responsibilities, to absorb intermittent gaps in staffing.
  9. Continue to explore options for implementing a paperless solution for the Department’s document management system.
  10. Evaluate the effectiveness of adding credit card payment machines at other City locations to further enhance customer service.