Bernadette Harvill, Milton’s finance director

Milton Finance Director Bernadette Harvill (front) is joined by finance department staff Brandy Edwards (left) and Honor Motes.

MILTON, Ga. — After years of working in the private sector, Bernadette Harvill joined Milton’s Finance Department and says she has been happy with the move ever since.

Harvill began working with Milton in 2012 and has held positions of administrative services manager, payroll and disbursements coordinator and financial services manager. In October 2016, Harvill was promoted to finance director.

In that role, Harvill reconciles all ledger accounts and bank statements, oversees revenue collections, procurement, payroll, accounting functions and monitors the city’s budget.

Harvill also compiles all data required for the city’s annual independent audit and ensures the city is in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

She oversees the Finance Department staff who are responsible for business licenses, property tax collection and purchases by the city.

“My team is always working behind the scenes to support the city, however we’re also very forward-facing,” Harvill said. “They’re the employees that you see when you come into City Hall on business.”

Harvill also works with other departments to support their financial and budget needs.

“I feel that the Finance Department plays a strong support role for functions throughout the city,” Harvill said. “My team is professional, knowledgeable and efficient which are all requirements to ensure that everyday operations are carried out in a timely and accurate manor.”

She said working for Milton is an honor.

“I consider myself very fortunate to have obtained a position within this amazing organization which serves a unique and involved community,” Harvill said. “I strive to maintain the level of service that is deserving of my employees, my coworkers and the residents and business owners here in Milton.”

A graduate of Kennesaw State University, Harvill earned her master’s degree in public administration. She is a member of the KSU chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha and is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association and Georgia Government Finance Officers Association.

Harvill and her husband, Ryan, have a 2-year-old daughter who loves to sing, dance and play outdoors. Harvill said her parents live close by, and she always looks forward to Sunday dinners at their home.

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