The Finance Department is responsible for all financial management functions of County government. The department accounts for all receipts and disbursements, prepares the County Manager's recommended budget, administers the adopted budget, invests the county's idle funds, manages County debt issues, maintains the fixed asset inventory, prepares the comprehensive annual financial report each year, and coordinates the annual audit by an independent accounting firm. The Finance Department is also responsible for the purchasing, payroll, and personnel functions in County government.
An Award Winning Department
The Finance Department has received annual awards from the Government Finance Officers Association for the last several years. For each of the past sixteen years, the County has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, which reflects the quality of the County's annual budget document, and the Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting, which reflects the quality of the comprehensive annual financial report.
Director Dee Meshaw
The Finance Director is Dee Meshaw, CPA. Dee has served as the Finance Director since June 1998. Prior to her appointment in Carteret County, Dee served as Finance Officer for the Town of Louisburg, NC and also worked for a private accounting firm.