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Edward Bean, Director of Finance Auditor

City Hall
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143

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Phone: 617-625-6600 ext. 3200

Operating Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday:
8:30 A.M. -- 4:30 P.M. Thursday:
8:30 A.M. -- 7:30 P.M.
8:30 A.M. -- 12:30 P.M.


The purpose of the Auditing Division is to protect the fiduciary interests of the City by providing independent and timely oversight of the City’s finances and by ensuring that financial transactions are executed effectively. The Auditing Division provides the controllership and audit functions for the City as well as for each of its departments. Operating under the general accounting principles of GAAP, the division ensures all financial transactions are undertaken in accordance with local, state, and federal law, serving as a barrier to potential fraud or misuse of City’s resources. The Auditing Division is responsible for maintaining and administering a financial account and management information system for all City departments, boards, and commissions. Among other responsibilities, Auditing oversees and processes all transfers of City funds from one budget code to another, processes payment of all City invoices, coordinates the City’s external audit and prepares the City’s annual financial statement.

The Auditor also serves as Finance Director for the City. In this role the Finance Director is responsible for coordination of each of the City’s financial operations within each Finance Department Division (Auditing, Assessing, Purchasing and Treasury). Responsibilities include management of the City’s Health Insurance Benefits, Long-term Capital Planning, and annual budget preparation and control.