The Finance Department, under the leadership of the Chief Financial Officer, provides fiscal policy recommendations to the County Administrator, Mayor and Unified Government Board of Commissioners.
Finance is responsible for all financial activities and functions of the Government. This department prepares the budgets for the Unified Government, develops long term financial plans, recommends fiscal policy direction, develops and administers financial internal controls, provides research and analysis for citizens, pays all employees and vendors, collects all revenue, invests all idle funds, bills all taxes, records all receipts, expenditures and other financial transactions, prepares all financial reports, and raises all debt financed capital funds and equipment leases on behalf of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS.
The department also coordinates the financing and ongoing debt administration and reporting of all capital projects and reviews all Sales Tax Revenue Bonds (STAR Bonds), Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRB), Community Improvement District (CID), Transportation Development District (TDD), and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district applications in conjunction with UG Administration and the Economic Development Department. The Department also monitors, accounts, and complies with various economic development and TIF agreements.
The Finance Department also seeks to maintain and improve upon the UG's credit ratings by Standard & Poor's (AA) and Moody's (A1) through proactive fiscal planning, strong liquidity, and encouragement of commercial and business development.
Kathleen VonAchen joined the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas as Chief Financial Officer in February 2016. Ms. VonAchen began her public-sector career 25 years ago with the Kansas Governor’s Division of the Budget. She has taught finance in various universities, and later continued her public finance career for the Colorado Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting and the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
Ms. VonAchen’s municipal finance background includes serving as Budget Director for Aspen, Colorado, Finance Director for Evans, Colorado, Finance Officer for the City of Stockton, California, Deputy Finance Director for San Mateo, California, as well as providing interim and consulting services for various California municipalities experiencing fiscal distress. As the Finance Officer for the City of Stockton, California during the 2008-2010 financial crisis, Ms. VonAchen was the first to signal to elected officials of Stockton's significant FY 2008-09 budget gap and was the lead coordinator/ writer of Stockton's May 2010 Fiscal Emergency Declaration.
Originally from Hutchinson, Kansas, Ms. VonAchen earned a Master of Public Administration from Wichita State University where she completed a Graduate Research Assistantship for the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs and a graduate internship for the League of Kansas Municipalities. She also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Communications from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Ms. VonAchen is a Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) by the Government Finance Officers Association.
Deborah Jonscher started her career in government with the City of Kansas City, Kansas in 1997 working as an accountant in the Finance Department. She later became Business Office Manager for Public Works Department before returning to Finance as the Assistant Finance Director in 2009. She was promoted to Deputy CFO in 2017. As Deputy CFO for the Unified Government, Ms. Jonscher oversees the day-to-day operations of the department, as well as, being involved in the annual financial statement audits, the budget process and capital financing.
Ms. Jonscher is a lifelong resident of the City of Kansas City, Kansas, earning BS in Accounting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and GFOA member.
Alyse Villarreal began her career with the Unified Government in 2005. She joined the Finance Team in 2009 and was later promoted to Capital Financing Fiscal Officer in 2014 where she helps with financing capital projects, monitors continuing disclosure requirements, and ensures tax-exempt bond compliance.
Ms. Villarreal is a lifelong resident of the City of Kansas City, Kansas. She received a B.S. in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing from the University of Saint Mary.