Administration & Finance

The departments of the City of Brainerd work together to provide basic municipal services such as administration, finance, park maintenance and recreation programs, street maintenance, fire service, police protection, planning and development oversight, building inspections, engineering and street design, and transit services.

Brainerd City Staff is committed to providing quality services at an affordable price and being responsive to the needs of the community.


The Administration offices include the City Administrator's office and the office of the Mayor. The Mayor, as the Chief Executive officer for the City of Brainerd conducts official mayoral business from City Hall. The daily affairs of the City of Brainerd are administered through the City Administrator as the chief administrative officer of the City of Brainerd. Administration functions include:
  • Plans, organizes, and administers the City to ensure a coordinated and efficient effort to meet goals and objectives established by the City Council
  • Coordinates the operation of all departments in City government including personnel, equipment, programs, and facilities to ensure citizens promptly receive high quality products and services
  • Provides staff support to the City Council and City boards and commissions
  • Coordinates City activities involving civic organizations and other government agencies on a wide variety of community issues and projects
  • Prepares the annual City budget
  • Prepares meeting agendas and minutes for City Council meetings
  • Coordinates the personnel management system for all City departments
  • Official keeper of City records
  • Assists the public by responding to a wide variety of inquiries
  • Coordinates elections processes
  • Coordinates issuance of licenses
  • Coordinates community development activities for the City

Finance Department

The Finance Department is responsible for various accounting activities including the task of preparing the Comprehensive Annual Finance Report and the compilation and development of the Annual Budget for the City of Brainerd. Other finance functions include:
  • Provides financial support services to the entire organization
  • Provides timely and accurate financial reporting
  • Processes receivables, payables and payroll
  • Grant and intergovernmental revenue administration
  • Banking relations
  • Investment of City funds
  • Debt service analysis and bond payments
  • Administration of special assessments
  • Administration of TIF Districts
  • Risk management and loss control
  • Implementation of financial and internal controls