[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Falmouth Annual Town Meeting 4-2-2012, Art. 15. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established in the Town of Falmouth a Department of Finance (hereinafter referred to as the "department"). This bylaw and the department it creates shall be deemed consistent with the provisions of the Falmouth Home Rule Charter.
The department shall include and absorb the present functions, duties and responsibilities of the Assessing Department, the Treasurer, the Collector, the Accountant and the Chief Purchasing Officer. The Town Manager may designate these offices as divisions of the department or otherwise arrange them as deemed necessary or expedient. The department shall be managed by a Finance Director.
The department's functions shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following:
Coordination of all financial services and activities of the Town;
Provide support and serves as liaison to the Finance Committee;
To assist the Town Manager in the preparation of the annual operating budget and annual capital budget; and
To assist the Town Manager in long-range financial planning, including the forecasting of revenue and expenditures and the general financial condition of the Town.
The Finance Director shall be appointed by the Town Manager in accordance with § C5-4A of the Falmouth Home Rule Charter. The Finance Director shall be a person particularly qualified by education, training and experience to perform the duties of the position and shall be bonded on an annual basis, at Town expense.
The Director shall exercise administrative control and management of the department and may serve, ex officio, as the Accountant, Treasurer or Collector of the Town; provided, however, the director shall not serve, ex officio, as the Treasurer or Collector and the Accountant at the same time.