Charles Debrunner | City Controller
The office of the Controller is an autonomous Office of City Government headed by the City Controller, an independently elected official. This office is responsible for the review and approval of all expenditures and obligations of the City. Performing the internal audit function requires that all purchase orders, warrants, contracts, and agreements be reviewed for compliance with the Third Class City Code, other state laws, City of Harrisburg administrative policies and City ordinances.
The signature of the Controller is a legal requirement on all of the aforementioned documents. This office also issues monthly financial reports to the Mayor and City Council which analyze revenues and expenditures for all budgeted funds.
The mission of our office is to ensure the fiscal health of the City of Harrisburg by advising the general public, City Council and Mayor of the City’s financial condition. We believe transparency in government is an essential tool to fiscal health and are committed to providing it to all. It is our duty to monitor and enforce the annually adopted budget, perform necessary audits and assure that all expenditures are correct and appropriately authorized. In the course of performing our duties, we strive to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of city government in general.
Duties of Controller
The City of Harrisburg has enacted a set of laws to govern the city and its residents. This set of laws is called the City Code. Ordinances are passed by the City’s governing body, City Council, and sent to the mayor to be signed into law. The City Code is maintained by the city clerk and every citizen has access to the code via the city clerk’s office.