When Angela Golden accepted the newly-created Finance Director position with SVFD just over four years ago, she brought 17 years of budgeting, finance and accounting experience from her tenure with the City of Spokane. Included in this experience – several years with the Spokane Fire Department.
Stepping into her new leadership role with Spokane Valley Fire Department, Golden hit the ground running by providing financial analysis for the Department’s February 2015 Maintenance and Operations Levy election. She conducted a thorough review of the Department’s accounting, budgeting and financial processes to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations. And, she proposed a streamlined annual budgeting process which she continues to fine-tune every year.
One of her most significant achievements is the successful upgrade of stand-alone antiquated accounting systems to an integrated and robust new financial software system, Tyler Technology’s InCode10. The cloud-based Tyler system incorporates public sector best practices, facilitates the sharing of data, and provides greater ease of use and improved reporting capabilities for payroll, finance, purchasing and human resources functions. The year-long project to migrate financial and payroll systems was completed in December 2017. Improved reporting, streamlined processes and more robust tracking of program budgets are among the many benefits of the new system.
“Our five-member elected Board of Fire Commissioners is charged with overseeing the financial affairs of the Department and ensuring taxpayer dollars are spent wisely,” Golden explained. “They request many types of financial reports and frequently ask specific budget questions. These requests are much easier to satisfy with our new financial software system.”
Among her many leadership responsibilities, Golden monitors the budget and cash flow, oversees payroll, audits expenditures and manages pension payments to retirees. She develops short and long-range projections to forecast the Department’s financial requirements, reviews and implements payroll-related portions of labor and employment contracts, monitors management of the Department’s investment portfolio and coordinates audits with the State’s Auditor’s office.
“I enjoy the people I work with and the progressive culture here at Spokane Valley Fire Department,” Golden smiled. “I especially enjoy working for an independent Fire District where we can spend our time focused on how best to serve our community, instead of competing for scarce financial resources as a department within a City.”
In addition to her duties as Finance Director, Golden is also a member of the Department’s 10-member Peer Fitness Team, serving as a resource for administrative staff seeking to improve their wellness through fitness and nutrition.
Golden was born and raised in Montana’s Flathead Valley. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration – Accounting from Eastern Washington University and is the mother of a 19-year-old son.