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.

2017-18 Goals/Objectives 

  1. Update the Procurement (Credit) Card Policy and Procedures to align with industry best practices, promote effective purchasing, and improve reporting requirements.
  2. Identify updates needed to modernize the overall accounts payable procedures, determine a schedule for implementation to align current practices with industry standards, and improve the accuracy and efficiency of payments made to City vendors, contractors, and customers.
  3. Update the Cash Handling Policy to meet current Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards.
  4. Research the feasibility of a secure, online employee portal for payroll and human resource needs, which would allow employees to access and update their forms online, provide higher level of customer service to City employees, and enable finance staff to address other tasks.
  5. Coordinate with other departments to implement the new cashiering system in four remaining City departments to streamline operations and improve overall customer service.
  6. Continue research on the feasibility of implementing an online business license renewal and application process to enhance customer service by allowing a business owner an electronic, 24/7 option, in addition to in-person service.
  7. Automate service order process for Utility Billing accounts by utilizing the City’s financial and GIS systems.
  8. Collaborate with Public Works/Facilities staff, and possibly a local educational institution, to evaluate and design a new department layout to maximize use of space, be more efficient, and better serve our customers.
  9. Seek qualified auditing firms through the formal request for proposal (RFP) process to audit the City’s finances.
  10. Complete a reorganization of the business license filing system to improve efficiencies in maintaining files and locating documents when needed, while keeping the history of the business license, including changes in business name, in one place and reduce the amount of time it takes to add documents to the file.