Finance Department



Dear Reader,

The City of Duluth’s Finance Department is on the move with many new initiatives.  We are using opportunities as they arise to redefine our department and improve operations for our customers. 

  • Most notably, the City Assessor’s Division successfully transitioned from a city to a county function.  This move was seamless in terms of service to our citizens while saving Duluth property taxpayers over $900,000 annually.
  • We are proud of our accomplishments in 2013 including an upgrade in the City’s bond rating, due in part to our sound financial management practices.
  • We worked with other departments to improve services in the areas of home energy loans, special assessments and parking ticket collections.
  • The department worked with Homeland Security – at both the National and State levels to ensure the City is reimbursed every dollar eligible for our flood recovery and rebuilding efforts.

For 2014, our focus is on using technology as a way to improve business processes.

  • Projects include incorporating business analytics and robust reporting in our operations and throughout the organization to provide valid input toward accomplishing strategic goals.
  • A time and attendance process will be implemented to replace the 6 separate timekeeping systems currently used.  The Fire Department will be first, followed by the Police Department.
  • The preparation of the City’s annual financial report will be automated on our financial management system.  The new process will allow for a more efficient method to put together information for the audit.

We know that sharing resources and cross training are key components to our success.  Innovation is too as we recognize that doing things different as well as doing different things will be part of our future.

The Finance Department continues to work hard to safeguard the City’s financial assets - as we rethink and refresh our operations to meet the challenges and changes ahead of us.

Thanks for reading!  Please contact us if you need further information or have a question about the City’s financial operations.




Finance Department
City Hall, Room 107
411 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802


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Chief Financial Officer
Wayne Parson
(218) 730-5450

Jennifer Carlson

Budget Manager 
Jennifer Carlson
(218) 730-5195

Purchasing Agent 
Amanda Ashbach
(218) 730-5340


City Auditor
 Josh Bailey
(218) 730-5350

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