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.

2018-19 Goals/Objectives 

  1. Seek qualified firms through the formal request for proposal (RFP) process to prepare the calculations required by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statements 68 and 75, which relate to reporting for pension and other post-employment benefits, respectively.
  2. Review the overall accounts payable procedures in an effort to modernize City processes. 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. Seek qualified auditing firms through the formal request for proposal (RFP) process to perform an audit of City financial records and provide an opinion on the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
  4. Identify and implement business license software that will allow online application and business license renewals. This will enhance customer service by allowing a business owner an electronic, 24/7 option, in addition to in-person service.
  5. Continue to update the Cash Handling Policy to meet current Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards.
  6. Collaborate with other departments to implement the new cashiering system at four remaining departments to streamline operations and improve overall customer service.
  7. Seek qualified Integrated Voice Response (IVR) system merchants through the formal request for quote (RFQ) process to automate Utility Billing credit card phone payments and provide customers access to make payments 24/7.
  8. Research the feasibility of securing a collections agency with the ability to accept accounts electronically when internal collection methods are unsuccessful.
  9. Research the feasibility of creating a database to improve data collection, to reduce staff time in data management, and create additional time for analysis.
  10. In collaboration with Public Works/Facilities staff; continue to identify ways to improve the current Finance Department office layout, to maximize use of space, be more efficient, identify potential ergonomic improvements, and to address safety and security issues.

Finance Department