Finance Department


Under the City Charter, the City has a Finance Department, headed by the Director of Finance appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council. Reporting directly to the Mayor, the Director of Finance is in charge of the administration of the financial affairs of the City, with specific responsibility for assessing, collecting and authorizing the disbursement of all City money, for preparing and administering the annual City Budget, and for accounting of all financial transactions. Within the Finance Department are assessment, collections, information technology, purchasing, treasury, and accounting divisions.

Robert F. Strom was appointed Director of Finance in January 2009. He served for eight years as Director of Finance for the City of Woonsocket and six months as Director of Administration/ Finance Director for the Woonsocket Education Dept. In addition, he began his municipal government career for one year in the City of Cranston as their Internal Auditor. Prior to his municipal government career he worked twenty eight years in private industry as a corporate controller. Mr. Strom has an Accounting & Finance degree from Bryant University (College). Mr. Strom is a member of the R. I. Government Finance Officers Association (RIGFOA) serving as President in 2006 and is currently on the Board of Directors. As a resident of Cranston, he is honored to be appointed to the position of Finance Director to serve the taxpayers of his own City.