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Finance Department

The Finance Department oversees all of the City's financial matters.  It's responsibilities include budgeting, the management of appropriations, expenditures, taxation, and assessments, along with handling all incoming and outgoing cash and checks.

Mr. Frank Brichacek is the Finance Director and the Assistant Finance Director is Ms. Dawn Snyder.  The public counter at the Finance Department is staffed by Sharen Michney.

The staff of the finance department is willing and able to assist residents with any city-related financial matter whenever possible.

City Receives Auditor of State Award for
Exemplary Financial Reporting for the Year 2014

"Clean and accurate record-keeping are the foundation for good
government, and the taxpayers can take pride in [Willoughby Hills’]
commitment to accountability.”
Auditor of State Dave Yost

 Click Here to View Award

The audit of the City of Willoughby Hills of the years 2013 and 2014 by Auditor of State
Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report for both years.  Willoughby Hills’
excellent record keeping has earned it the Auditor of State Award.

“We are thrilled to be receiving this award from the Auditor of State, especially since the City
was declared to be in-auditable in 2006 and 2007” said Mayor Robert Weger.  “This award is
testament to how far the City has come since that time.  The staff of the City has worked
hard over the last seven years to provide the citizens of Willoughby Hills with the sound,
well managed government that they expect and deserve.”

The Auditor of State Award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the
completion of a financial audit.  In order to receive the award, the City of Willoughby Hills’
financial practices and records had to meet the following criteria of a “clean” audit report:

     *  The City must file timely financial reports with the Auditor of State’s office in
         accordance with ge
nerally accepted accounting principles (GAAP); and

     *   The City’s audit report for the years 2013 and 2014 does not contain any findings
          for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies,
          Single Audit findings or questioned costs; and

     *   The City did not receive a management letter from the Auditor’s Office at the
          conclusion of the audit.  If it had, the letter could contain no comments related to:

    • Ethics referrals
    • Questioned costs less than $10,000
    • Lack of timely report submission
    • Reconciliation
    • Failure to obtain a timely Single Audit
    • Findings for recovery less than $100
    • Public meetings or public records


Mr. Brichacek moved from the position of Special Auditor to Finance Director in January, 2011.  He has an extensive amount of municipal finance experience and formerly held positions as a State Examiner in the Municipal Division of the State Auditor's Office, Assistant Finance Director for the City of Cleveland Heights, and Finance Director for the City of Shaker Heights.  He is also a member of the Government Finance Officers Association and the Municpal Finance Officers Assocation of Northeastern Ohio, and is a former member of the R.I.T.A. Board of Directors. 






Ms. Snyder was hired as the City's
Assistant Finance Director in March, 2017.
Her main responsibilities include payroll and Human Resources.  





The finance assistant handles the issuance of purchase orders and other financial-related duties.  In addition to working in the Finance Department, she also serves as the city's primary telephone operator and attendant to the public counter at City Hall.  She also manages the city cable TV content and assists with website management.



1. Responsible for the handling and tracking of all incoming and outgoing monies
    in city accounts.
. Manages all purchases and expenditures made by the city.
3. Pays and collects all taxes paid or received by the city.
4. Performs financial planning and reporting for the city, including the development 
    of budgets and financial reports.
5. Ensures compliance with all financial-related obligations to the State and
    County Auditors.

More details regarding the Finance Department are specified in Article 4.2 of the City Charter, which can be viewed by clicking here.