The Finance department is overseen by Finance Director Kirk Johnson. The Finance Director is responsible to provide all relevant data to the City Council, to ensure financial stability and that city resources are maximized for the benefit of the public. The Director is also responsible to ensure proper accounting procedures and budget monitoring controls are in place.

Finance oversees and coordinates the preparation of the city’s budget, capital assets program, monthly and annual reports, investment activities and grant and debt management.

Our department’s mission is to provide professional financial services to the City Manager, Council, and City departments in order to promote fiscal stability and integrity. Our primary focus is support for the various City departments as well as external organizations. We provide relevant financial and managerial information in an accurate and timely manner, and professional direction and advice to promote current and future fiscal integrity.

Ethical Principles

The Finance department will consider the interests of the City of Ridgefield in all transactions and will ensure compliance with all City ordinances and laws of the State of Washington. All transactions and suppliers will be treated objectively and without bias or favoritism. No gifts or other gratuities will be accepted directly or indirectly from suppliers.

The department encourages and welcomes competitive bidding in order to obtain goods and services at the lowest possible cost and to provide all interested suppliers with an equal opportunity to offer their products and services to the City of Ridgefield.

Finance department staff are members of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and follow GFOA’s code of ethics.