Administration

The Administration Department takes pride in serving the residents and businesses of the Village of Berkeley through providing exceptional services. The mission is to implement the Village Board’s vision, priorities, and policies which reflect the needs of the residents. This department oversees the coordination of all Village departments in order to provide the most cost-effective delivery of services to achieve Village objectives. Village communications, including the Village newsletter and website are also coordinated through through this office. This Department encompasses Administration, Finance, Building and Code Enforcement, Economic Development, Human Resources, and Risk Management.

Administration is responsible for maintaining the Village’s financial assets and providing excellent customer service to residents, businesses, and visitors. The Department consists of utility billing (water, sewer, and refuse collection services), receiving all payments for Village services, and vehicle stickers for motor vehicles registered to Berkeley. Additional services include accounting, payroll, accounts payable, purchasing management, and investment of the Village’s financial assets. The Finance aspect of this department is also responsible for preparing the annual operating budget and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The Village Administrator also serves as the Village Treasurer and the Treasurer of the Police Pension Fund.             

Administration performs the Building and Zoning functions for the Village. As such, this Department performs plan review, inspections, and contractor licensing related to the permit process. The Department also coordinates the pre-sale inspection process required for property transfer in the Village. Business and liquor licenses are also coordinated through this office. The Village's Building Inspector also serves as the Code Enforcement Officer who encourages property maintenance in the Village.
 
The mission of the the Village's Economic Development plan is to promote economic development and growth, maintain the Village's retail sales tax revenue base, and continue to enhance the quality of life in the Village. The Department manages programs and policies that set forth a strategic plan to create a vibrant, social and active community where existing and new business enterprises can flourish. The Department handles planning, economic development and marketing. The Department oversees the management of the Village's St. Charles Road Tax Increment Financing District, maintains a list of available properties for recruitment purposes, and actively recruits new businesses to the community with the main objective to establish a diverse and sustainable commercial base. Likewise, the Department is also responsible for short and long range planning initiatives, including the implementation of the Village's Comprehensive Plan and the development review process. More information on this component of the Administration Department can be found in the Business section.
 
Administration is also responsible for Human Resources and Risk Management which coordinates all personnel related activities for the Village’s workforce. Areas of responsibility include employee recruitment and retention, coordination of Village-wide training programs, maintenance of personnel records, administration of employee benefits, and overseeing labor contract administration and negotiations. The Department oversees the Village's General Liability, Workers' Compensation, Property, and other "pooled" insurance programs provided through the Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency (IRMA).
 
Awards & Achievements
  • Berkeley’s Bond Rating: AA- (S&P – July, 2011)
  • Received Certificate of Achievement for Financial Reporting from GFOA