The Finance Department is responsible for providing fiscal management and reporting services for the agency. Responsibilities of this department include budget preparation and monitoring, financial statement preparation, banking functions, timely and efficient invoice processing, payroll processing, grant reporting and monitoring, internal audits, inventory control, purchasing, internal control policies and procedures and coordination of the annual independent audit.
The Finance Department oversees all funds maintained by the WCSO. This includes the General Fund, grants and contracts, funds required per Florida Statutes, funds held in trust for others and donated funds.
Grants play a large role in assisting the agency with capital outlay and overtime needs. This relieves the General Fund budget of these responsibilities and creates a safer environment for our citizens. In the past programs awarded from the Florida Department of Transportation have funded speed and DUI extra duty details and Florida Department of Children and Families and the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida have funded details to keep an extra eye on the youth of our county through the Civil Citation Program and the Sheriff’s Athletic League. The U.S. Department of Justice awards have provided equipment needs through awards funding surveillance cameras, security entrance hand readers, bulletproof vests and office furniture.
Budget requests are submitted in May to the County and approved in September for the October through September fiscal year. Copies of the WCSO Budget Proposals can be obtained by contacting the WCSO Finance Department.