News Release - Mayor Warren Names Rosiland Brooks-Harris Finance Director

City of Rochester

News Release

(Thursday, July 19, 2018) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced today that she has appointed Rosiland Brooks-Harris as the City’s Director of Finance. Brooks-Harris previously served as the City’s Deputy Finance Director and Director of Accounting and has more than 20 years’ experience in public and private sector fiscal management.

“During her tenure with the City of Rochester, Rosiland has shown departmental leadership and strong municipal fiscal management skills,” Mayor Warren said. “I have full confidence that she is the right person to help carry on the City of Rochester’s legacy of excellent financial stewardship as we continue working to overcome significant, ongoing fiscal challenges in our quest to create more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities.”

“I am honored that Mayor Warren has the faith in me to support her administration in this leadership role,” Brooks-Harris said. “Our city should be proud of its high bond ratings and strong fiscal policies that promote equity and I will work to continue building upon this foundation while serving all the residents, businesses and customers of the City of Rochester.”

Brooks-Harris’ confirmation hearing before City Council will take place today, Thursday, July 19 at 5:15 p.m. at City Council Chambers, City Hall, 30 Church St.

Prior to joining the City, Brooks-Harris owned and operated the accounting firm Brooks Financial Services, providing bookkeeping and payroll services, tax preparation and financial literacy workshops. From 2004 to 2007, Brooks-Harris worked for Paychex as an accounting specialist, auditing client collections and payment accounts.

Brooks-Harris received her Master’s Degree in Accounting and Finance in 2007, her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance in 2006 and her Associates Degree in Business Administration in 2005, all from American InterContinental University.

The Department of Finance collects revenues, manages and invests cash, manages the City’s debt and controls its financial processing. As Finance Director, Brooks-Harris will oversee the City’s Accounting, Treasury, Assessment, Parking, Traffic Violations Agency and Purchasing units.

Brooks-Harris succeeds Charles Benincasa who recently retired as Finance Director after a successful career in Rochester City government.

Assignment editors:  Download a portrait of Brooks-Harris here.


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