This position assists the City Manager with implementing the strategic activities necessary to accomplish the City’s mission and goals. This position works to assure a work environment that recruits, retains and supports quality staff.
The Finance Director serves as Chief Financial Officer of the City; plans, organizes, directs, controls and evaluates the activities of the Finance Department. The Finance Director supports the financial accounting processes of the City in accordance with the governmental Accounting Standards as promulgated by the Government Standards Board (GASB) as well as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) as required. The Finance Director provides fiscal accountability to the City directly through the coordination, formulation, monitoring, and presentation of budgets for controlling funds to implement program objectives of the City.
The Finance Director maintains a systematic, disciplined approach to identify risks and evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the Finance Department through the implementation and promotion of financial controls and governance processes.
EXPERIENCE: A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Public Administration or related field. Municipal experience, Master’s degree and/or CPA license is preferred.
The City of Covington, incorporated in 1815, is located in northern Kentucky among the rolling hills and bluffs adjacent to the Ohio River. With a population of 40,944 in 2015, it is the largest community in northern Kentucky and the fifth largest in the state. Covington saw considerable growth in the 19th century with an influx of Dutch and German immigrants. However, due in part to the “fligh...t to the suburbs” from the 1940s through the 1970s, the community’s population declined. With the addition of an industrial park in the 1980s and a renaissance of the riverfront and downtown area that continues today, the City’s population is once again on the rise. As a result of this growth, major hotels and many businesses have since located in the downtown area.
Directly across the Ohio River from Covington is Cincinnati, Ohio. Many Covingtonians regularly walk over the Roebling Bridge (resembling the Brooklyn bridge) to enjoy Cincinnati’s many museums, theaters and professional sports teams (NFL Bengals football; MLB Reds baseball). Covington is a choice location to reside, with 19 distinct neighborhoods. It has the strong family atmosphere/values of a small town, with the amenities of a metropolitan area. It is home to 16 National Registered Historic Districts-second largest in the State of Kentucky. The majority of these structures are homes. In addition to the new condominium opportunities in the downtown and along the riverfront, the community has a wide variety of housing stock including single-family and multi-family homes, in a price range from under $100,000.00 to more than $1 million. Covington has a strong neighborhood identity as shown by their active neighborhood associations that host monthly meetings and regularly confer with City officials.
Recreation and leisure abound in Covington. The Covington Recreation Department is responsible for 16 parks, including dozens of baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, picnic area, playgrounds, and etc. There are four swimming pools and extensive nature trails. The crown jewel of the recreation facilities is Devou Park. Located on 700 acres in the hills overlooking the City; the park offers spectacular views of the Ohio River and the Cincinnati skyline. The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra regularly performs concerts in the WPA-constructed Devou Park band shell during the summer. The Devou Park Golf Course offers a challenge to novices and seasoned pros.
Covington and northern Kentucky have some of the best schools in the state. The Covington public schools system consists of several elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. The City is also home to numerous private and specialty schools. The latter includes the regionally-recognized Covington Latin School – a college preparatory school that has been educating young people since 1923. Students enter in the sixth or seventh grade and complete high school in four calendar years. Several major colleges are also located in close proximity to Covington, including Northern Kentucky University, Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati, and Thomas More College.
The Mary Ann Mongan Library offers a complete array of periodicals, books, and reference guides, along with access to the internet. St. Elizabeth Medical Center and HealthPoint Family Care provide the healthcare needs for residents. In 2009, St. Elizabeth opened a newly constructed state-of-the-art emergency room and medical facility in Covington on property adjacent to I-75. There are also numerous assisted living facilities and nursing homes to serve seniors. In addition, there are many houses of worship, representing a diversity of denominations located in and around Covington.
The City of Covington operates under a City Manager form of government. The Mayor is elected at large for a four-year term. Four Commissioners are elected at-large for two-year terms. The Commission is responsible for establishing policy and direction for the community. The City Manager, appointed by the Commission, is responsible for implementing the policy set by the Mayor and Commissioners, as well as overseeing the day-to-day operations of Covington. There are numerous Boards and Commissions that meet regularly to advise the Mayor and Commissioners. Covington is a full-service community offering traditional municipal services, including police, fire, public works, finance, economic development, code enforcement, housing and recreation.
The City of Covington employs slightly over 300 full-time employees. Approximately 75% of the employee base is represented by AFSCME, FOP and IAFF unions.