Finance Department

Harry Patel, Finance  Director

Hasmukh (Harry) C. Patel was appointed Finance Director of the City in May 1997. Mr. Patel has 35 years of experienHarryPhoto Newce in governmental accounting and 26 years in finance management and preparation of Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (“CAFR’s”).

The Director of Finance is the Chief Finance Officer of the City. He manages the Finance Department including all purchasing, budgeting, pension administration, sales and use tax, utility billing, investment, long range planning and debt management functions. He is responsible for all of the City’s financial affairs placed in his charge by Charter including responsibility for the efficient operation of the City’s Finance Department.

He is a member of the Colorado Municipal League, Municipal Treasurer’s Association, Government Finance Officers Association, Colorado Government Finance Officers Association, the Colorado Association of Municipal Tax Auditors, and a member of the Cañon City Noon Lions Club.  Mr. Patel has served as an elected Board of Directors for two consecutive terms for the Colorado Government Finance Officers Association. Additionally, he served a three year term as Vice President, President, and Past President for the Colorado Government Finance Officers Association. Mr. Patel received "Finance Officer of the Year" in 2009 from the Colorado Finance Officers Association and he has been appointed as Financial Aid Chairperson for a four year term and he continues to participate at a committee level for the Colorado Municipal League Legislative Affairs.