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Position: Comptroller
Municipality:City of Torrington
Close Date:4/15/2021

 J O B   V A C A N C Y



The City of Torrington seeks qualified applicants for the position of Comptroller.  This is a highly responsible position that includes administrative and professional work involving the supervision and control of the financial and budgeting services of the City's Finance department. 

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Accounting, or Finance with 5 to 6 years of experience in municipal government finance and 2 years of supervisory experience.  Applicants must also have thorough knowledge of municipal accounting principles and standards. 

Full job description is available at

To Apply:
Download an application from www.torringtonct.org, complete, and mail to:
City of Torrington
140 Main Street
Torrington, CT 06790
Applications can also be emailed to HR@torringtonct.org


City of Torrington

Title: Comptroller

Department: Finance

Reports to: Mayor and Board of Finance


This is a highly responsible position that includes administrative and professional work involving the supervision and control of the financial and budgetary services of the Cityís Finance department.  Finance department duties include financial planning, accounting, financial reporting, payroll, pensions, accounts payable, procurement, debt and cash management, employee and retiree benefits and workers compensation management. 


Direct the maintenance and operation of the Citywide accounting system and its functions.  Ensure the timely completion and accuracy of financial reporting.  Establish and maintain procedures and controls over municipal revenues and expenditures in all departments of the City. 

Perform all municipal functions and duties required for the preparation, maintenance, auditing, and disbursement of financial records.

Prepare data for actuaries for completion of retirement fund and OPEB valuations and disclosures. 

Review and approve retiree pension calculations and process retirement requests for necessary approvals. 

Administer voluntary employee retirement benefit plans. 

Assist the Mayor, City Council, Board of Finance and Department Heads in the preparation and administration of the annual budget.  Provide recommendations for funding levels of various items within the budget. 

Create and/or verify several various schedules for inclusion in annual financial statements.  Prepare the annual financial statements (including Management Discussion and Analysis) and review with auditors for accuracy.  Coordinate presentation of annual audit to the boards. 

Maintain accounting records for assets including disposals, additions and inventories. 

Maintain records and reconcile tax collector activity including collections, commissions, certificates of correction and refunds for overpayments. 

Oversee internal and external City audits.

Oversee finance system replacement and/or enhancements. 

Present recommendations relating to policy and/or procedure to appropriate departments, governmental bodies and to the Mayor.

Attend all required board meetings. 

Participate in bond issuance and bond rating process. 

Provide support data and participate in union negotiations when requested. 

Perform related work as required. 


Work under the supervision of the Mayor with occasional guidance from the City Council and Board of Finance. 

Full supervision of the Comptrollerís office employees with shared supervision of Purchasing and Treasurerís office employees.


Performing non-exempt duties, lifting and carrying heavy office supplies and equipment. 


Thorough knowledge of municipal accounting principles, practices and procedures.  Considerable knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), considerable knowledge of Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). 

Knowledge of principles and practices of municipal finance administration including budget preparation.  

Considerable knowledge of modern principles and practices of public finance administration, liability and group insurances. 

Knowledge of computerized systems and financial management software.  Ability to effectively use those systems.

Knowledge of financial system design and analysis. 

Ability to plan and coordinate automated financial, accounting and payroll systems. 

Knowledge of principles of supervision and management. 

Ability to determine work priorities to meet established schedules. 

Ability to devise improved methods and procedures. 

Ability to present ideas effectively orally and in writing. 

Ability to prepare accounting/ financial data projections. 

Ability to supervise the work of departmental staff including: coordinating, assigning, monitoring, and evaluating work; hiring, training, counseling, and disciplining staff and process grievances.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, other City employees/ departments, City officials and the public. 

Understanding the Cityís political environment and sensitivities; ability to function effectively within that environment. 


Must be able to sit at a desk or stand and work continuously for extended periods of time.  The employee may be required to push, pull, lift and/or carry objects weighing up to 25 pounds. 


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a B.S. degree in Business Administration, Accounting, or Finance with 5-6 years of experience in municipal government finance, including 2 years of supervisory experience or equivalent. 

Revised: 12/2018




We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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