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Mission Statement

The Finance Department provides financial and risk management services to City departments, including financial planning and analysis, accounts payable, payroll, accounting and risk mitigation. The department leads fiscal accountability efforts and ensures stewardship of the use of City funds and appropriations through the creation and implementation of policies and procedures. The department ensures timely and accurate collection of Transient Occupancy Taxes and Business Licenses Taxes.


Finance Director

Richard Lee was appointed as Director of Finance for the City of South San Francisco in February 2015, after serving as its Financial Services Manager since December 2013.  Richard’s has dedicated over a dozen years to a career in local government finance serving communities throughout the San Francisco Peninsula.  He brings extensive experience in accounting, financial systems administration and implementation, and budget development and analysis. 

Richard was elected to the Board of Directors for the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) Peninsula Chapter in February 2018. He previously served as Chair of the Peninsula Chapter and Vice Chair of the CSMFO Career Development Committee.

As Director of Finance, Lee is the Chief Financial Officer of the municipal corporation with 900 full-time and part-time employees, an annual operating and capital budget of $208 million, and a city population of 67,082 residents.