This office provides financial services including accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, general ledger, investments and cash management. The Finance Department also provides financial and budgetary reports for all departments and is responsible for preparation of the annual financial report and the city budget.
Steve Taylor joined the City of Kelso as City Manager in September of 2012. Before coming to Kelso, Mr. Taylor had been the City Administrator for Connell, Washington since 2009. Previous to that, he was elected to the charter City Council of Spokane Valley in 2002 and served seven years, including two years as Deputy Mayor. Professionally, Mr. Taylor was the Vice President of Corporate Development and Corporate Secretary for Hunt Mountain Resources, a publicly-traded international precious metal exploration company, the Government Affairs Director for the Spokane Home Builders and Spokane REALTORS Associations, and a congressional and campaign staff member for former U.S. Representative George Nethercutt. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served at Fairchild AFB, Washington from 1994-1998. Mr. Taylor earned a Bachelors degree in Finance & Economics, graduating summa cum laude, and a Masters in Public Administration, both from Eastern Washington University and is a Credentialed Manager through the International City/County Management Association. Currently he serves on the Kelso/Longview Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Cowlitz Economic Development Council Executive Committee, Three Rivers Regional Wastewater Authority Board of Directors (alternate), Washington Cities Insurance Authority Executive Committee, and is Vice President of the Washington City/County Management Association. Mr. Taylor is a board member for the Municipal Research & Services Center and serves on several other local and regional advisory committees. The primary responsibility of the City Manager is to carry out the policies of the City of Kelso, prepare the budget, direct daily operations, coordinate the various departments and keep the City Council informed. Council members and citizens count on the City Manager to provide complete and objective information, alternatives and long term goals for the current and future success of the City of Kelso.