Cathy Hill, Comptroller
Cathy Hill, Comptroller
1001 E. Ninth Street, Room D-200 Reno, NV  89512

The mission of the Comptroller's Department is to provide expertise in public finance, risk management and procurement that promotes sound financial management and trusted information. 

The Comptroller's Department recommends and implements financial and fiscal policies, monitors the County's revenues and expenditures, and recommends or takes action as necessary to assure a positive fiscal outcome.  The Comptroller's Department also maximizes the revenue collected by individual County agencies, oversees the financial operations of County departments, maintains accurate financial and accounting records of all County transactions, prepares financial reports, and limits exposure to loss from damage to or destruction of assets and errors or omissions. The Comptroller's Department pays the County's vendors and employees.

In order to accomplish its mandates, the Comptroller's Department is organized into six divisions:

 COLLECTIONS         ACCOUNTING          AP          PURCHASING           RISK          PAYROLL

The Collections Division works to capture funds owed to Washoe County by providing a collection program for County departments and agencies to which fees, fines, or charges are due.  They serve as either the first point of contact on payments due or they perform collection activity when the debt becomes past due.  This division of the Comptroller's Department typically secures more than $5 million in debt owed to the County annually.  Contact the Collections Division for further information by calling (775) 328-2552.  Applicable fees charged for collection services performed by this division are indicated on the Collections web page.

The Accounting Division provides timely, relevant and accessible financial information and services that comply with laws and regulations.  This division also supports management decision-making in a manner that ensures financial integrity, and accurately reflects the County's financial operations and position within a secure environment.  You can contact the Accounting Division by calling (775) 328-2552. 

The Accounts Payable division is responsible for paying vendors for goods and services provided to Washoe County, in accordance with both County Code and Nevada Revised Statutes.  The Accounts Payable Division processes requests for payments, audits vendor accounts, and provides continuous support to both external business entities and internal County departments.

The Accounts Payable Division is proud to embody Washoe County's values of integrity, effective communication, and quality public service.

Washoe County's payment disbursement schedule is as follows:

  • Electronic payments via ACH are processed every Wednesday.
  • Check payments are processed on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month.

If you are an existing vendor and wish to sign up for electronic payments, please contact and request a direct deposit form.

The Accounts Payable Division issues IRS form 1099 to all appropriate vendors by January 31 of each year.

Please note:  NRS 244.250 prevents payment of invoices submitted more than 6 months after the goods were delivered or services performed.

To contact the Accounts Payable Division directly, you can send an e-mail to or call (775) 328-2552.

The Purchasing Division is dedicated to obtaining goods and services through the best economical use of public funds, supplying goods and services when they are needed through comparison pricing and quality without prejudice, and disseminating information for new technologies, products, services, and sources.  This division also serves as the County's Contracts Administrator, negotiating and administering most of the County's contracts within the County.  Purchasing negotiates and administers most of Washoe County's contracts for goods and services - and is also responsible for compiling, updating and maintaining current records on all personal property owned by the County, including automobiles, equipment, furniture, tools, computers, telecommunications, weapons, etc., for inventory and insurance purposes. This division is also responsible for arranging autioneer services for the sale of County surplus property.  You can contact the Purchasing Division by calling (775) 328-2280.

The appropriate administration of the Risk Management Division is also the responsibility of the Comptroller. This division is managed and reported as an internal service fund.   To contact Risk Management please call (775) 328-2552.

The Payroll Division is responsible for calculating payroll for approximately 2,900 employees every two weeks, in accordance with federal and state laws, Washoe County Code, and 10 collective bargaining agreements.  This process includes time verification, creating payment records, remitting various withholdings (voluntary and involuntary), and preparing and filing various monthly, quarterly, and annual reports (including W-2s). 

You can e-mail questions to the Payroll Division staff at

The Comptroller's Department administration and accounting staff are also appointed to organize and notice meetings and take the minutes of the Washoe County, Nevada OPEB Trust Fund Board of Trustees, as well as maintain records of the financial activity of the Fund.

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