About the Department
The controller is an elected row officer and has general supervision over all fiscal affairs of the county and of the accounts of all functions collecting, receiving, or disbursing county funds. This includes but is not limited to, the following:
General Accounting – The general accounting function is responsible for the county's general ledger and countywide financial statements. Complete records are maintained by the Controller's Office, detailing all fiscal operations of the county.
Accounts Payable – The accounts payable function approves and processes all vendor invoices for payment.
Internal Audit – Internal audit conducts periodic audits of row offices, tax collectors, county departments, and other county functions as necessary. As a part of this function, the audit staff examines the effectiveness of internal controls, compliance with laws and regulations, and best practices.
Payroll – Payroll serves over 3,500 full- and part-time employees. Employees are paid on a biweekly basis, using direct deposit. Such items as additional insurances, parking, day care, flex heath plans, deferred compensation plans, savings bonds, other investment options, and other deductions are handled through the Payroll Department. The dedicated payroll staff works diligently to ensure that the county’s employees are paid correctly and on time.
Retirement – The controller maintains the accounting records for the Montgomery County Employees’ Retirement System and acts as a liaison between the county and the investment advisers for the retirement fund investment portfolio.
The controller serves as a member of the Salary Board, Depository Board, Investment Board, and is the secretary of the Montgomery County Employees' Retirement Board.