Fresno City Council to vote over finance director’s job

Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno St (3/2/2021)

Fresno Town Hall, 2600 Fresno St (3/2/2021)

Fresno Bee file

The Fresno Town Council on Thursday will keep a special shut session meeting to take into consideration the employment of the metropolis controller.

Two Metropolis Hall sources advised The Bee the town controller’s career is on the line.

The specific conference and analysis was requested by Mayor Jerry Dyer and Town Manager Georgeanne White.

The Metropolis Controller, Michael Lima, oversees the finance department and manages accounting, economical administration and reporting, budgeting, inside audits, treasury/hard cash management, investments, payroll, billing and accounts receivable, accounts payable, buying, replica and graphics, and organization licenses and cashiering.

“Overall accountability for administration of the city’s funds rests with the Finance Director/Controller who also serves as the City Treasurer,” the city’s internet site claims.

Lima’s employment arrangement with the city was updated in July. He earns an yearly base income of $189,500. He’s worked for the town of Fresno for practically three decades.

While the metropolis supervisor has authority above the metropolis controller’s work, the settlement phone calls for Town Council approval.

If Lima is terminated, he’s entitled to six months’ pay back as severance.

Information of the the exclusive conference comes about six months soon after The Fresno Bee revealed the city of Fresno was scammed out of a lot more than $600,000 by means of a falsified building invoice in 2020 — almost two years before.

Then-Mayor Lee Brand’s administration made the decision not to disclose the fraud for the reason that the FBI was investigating. The Fresno City Attorney’s Office environment, in late 2021, denied The Bee’s community records ask for about the incident. Councilmember Miguel Arias in March confirmed the situation to The Bee, and Dyer then shared supplemental facts.

The FBI thinks a criminal operation linked to the West African international locations of Nigeria and Liberia is working with U.S. residents to defraud American governing administration organizations, Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer mentioned previously.

This tale was at first published September 28, 2022 1:55 PM.

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Brianna Vaccari covers Fresno City Hall for The Bee, where by she works to maintain community officers accountable and shine a gentle on difficulties that deeply impact residents’ lives. She earlier labored for The Bee’s sister paper, the Merced Sunlight-Star, and earned her bachelor’s diploma from Fresno Condition.

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