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Bachelor of Science

California State University, Fresno

Summa Cum Laude

Master of Liberal Arts

Harvard University Extension School

Expected graduation: 2013 

Work experience


Finance Director

City of Monterey
  • Chief financial strategist providing professional advice to City Manager's office, City Council and Mayor's office and executive management. 
  • Responsible for all financial functions within the City of Monterey including a $100 million budget and a $60 million portfolio.  
  • Chief Financial Officer and City Treasurer with oversight over all accounting and financial reporting, budget development, treasury functions, debt management, purchasing, and revenue collection.

Also served as City's Financial Services Manager from 1995 to 1999.


Assistant Finance Director

City of Porterville
  • Oversee Finance Department Accounting Division including all financial reporting; oversee payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, utility billing and collection, business licensing; responsible for financial management software system; oversee redevelopment agency accounting and reporting.

Accountant II

City of Porterville
  • Prepare all city financial reports; coordinate all outside audit activity; oversee maintenance of general ledger; responsible for fixed asset and cost accounting.  

Senior Accountant

Dennis Hylton & Company, CPAs
  • Prepare audit programs; perform audits of governmental agencies and private companies; prepare financial statements; conduct internal control reviews; interact with clients; prepare tax returns.

Staff Accountant

Grant Thornton International, Ltd.
  • Perform audits of governmental agencies and private companies; internal control review and evaluation; compliance and substantive testing; financial statement preparation; tax return preparation.


Experienced executive manager, finance director and professional accountant with excellent analytical, communication and people skills

Don Rhoads has been the City of Monterey's Finance Director and City Treasurer since 1999, producing balanced budgets every year, good times and bad, for the $100 million organization. In 2011 he successfully managed $5 million budget reduction plan along with an extensive year-long Priority-Based Budgeting process designed to gather vital input from the community as to how to allocate scarce budget resources.

Current professional goal: Rebalance City budget in light of the elimination of City's redevelopment agency.

Current academic goal: Obtain Master of Liberal Arts degree from Harvard University Extension School.

Financial Report

Sample Financial Report

Affiliations & Achievements

  • Government Finance Officers Association
    • Received Award Financial Reporting Achievement
    • Responsible for both cities of Porterville and Monterey receiving first Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
    • Member of Special Review Committee for Popular Annual Financial Reporting program
  • California Society of Municipal Finance Officers
    • Member of Board of Directors - 1999 to 2000
    • Chair of Program Committee for 1999 Annual Conference
    • Past Chair of Career Development Committee
    • Past Chair of Monterey Bay Chapter
  • League of California Cities
    • President, League Fiscal Officers Department - 2004
    • Trainer for elected officials leadership academy - 1998
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
    • Member since 1989
  • Golden Gate University, Monterey, California - 1996 to 1999
    • Adjunct Lecturer (part time) for undergraduate business school course in governmental fund accounting.


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