Financial Services

The Financial Services Department is responsible for sound financial management. 

The department is often the first contact for the public either through customer calls or front counter inquiries for service and assistance. 

The department is responsible for financial planning, tax collection, administration of grants in aid and fees for service, purchasing and asset management.

Positions in Financial Services include:

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Manager of Finance
  • Accounting, Accounts Payable/Receivable
  • Reception
  • Payroll
  • Procurement & Asset Management
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Hear from our staff:

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Angela Cail, Manager of Finance

1.) How and when did your employment journey begin with the City of Williams Lake?

I started with the City in August 1988 as the Senior Accounting Clerk. I was working at the Cariboo Regional District when the position came up, so I only had to walk across the parking lot.

I went up to the Airport when the City took over operations from Transport Canada as Administration Coordinator. After 15 years I moved to the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex as Recreation Administration Coordinator and stayed there for six years. After a brief stint as Purchasing Agent, I returned to Finance in the role of Manager.

2.) What is your current role and what does your job entail?

Currently I am the Manager of Finance. I oversee the administration and operation of the Finance Division, working closely with the staff doing payroll, accounts payable, procurement, accounts receivable, utilities to name a few. I play an active role in property taxes, general ledger reconciliation and year end. I compile and submit the majority of financial reporting for the City.

3.) Name one or more things you enjoy most or look forward to about your job?

Working with the staff and, hopefully, help them achieve some of their work goals is my favourite part. I love working with numbers. They just make sense to me, so financial services is my thing. The City has many advancement opportunities for staff to explore. Cross training is encouraged.

4.) What is one piece of advice or tip you would give to those seeking employment with the City?

When seeking employment at the City: do your homework. Find out about the different departments and their functions. Watch some Council meetings and learn the City’s Strategic Priorities. Find out about our community, join a local organization and consider volunteering.

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Courtnee Sanford, Payroll Clerk

1.) How and when did your employment journey begin with the City of Williams Lake?

My first job at the City was for a maternity leave coverage for the position of Payroll Accounting Clerk in 2018. In September of 2020 I took a job at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex as Recreation Administration Coordinator. Then, in August of 2021, I came back to City Hall as Payroll Accounting Clerk again.

2.) What is your current role and what does your job entail?

My current role is Payroll Accounting Clerk. I process payroll for all departments of the City, as well as Council and the Volunteer Fire Department. I also do Accounts Receivable and provide coverage for the other Finance staff, which includes tasks such as answering phones, taking payments and doing day-end cash and daily deposits.

3.) Name one or more things you enjoy most or look forward to about your job?

The job of processing payroll can be a very stressful position, but rewarding, as well. You are everyone’s favourite person on paydays! I also enjoy the variety of my other tasks. They help keep things fresh and exciting. I also enjoy the people I work with very much. Everyone works well together and is always willing to help. It makes it any easy place to come to every day.

4.) What is one piece of advice or tip you would give to those seeking employment with the City?

If you are looking to work within the City I’d encourage people to pick a department that interests them, and apply!