Chief Financial Officer
Abbe Yacoben

Abbe Yacoben is Washoe County’s Chief Financial Officer. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Studies with a concentration in finance, as well as a Certified Public Finance Officer certification. More Information »



We support Washoe County’s fiscal health through innovative, efficient, and transparent practices, as well as providing financial stewardship, to serve the citizens of Washoe County and we partner with our leaders, decision makers, and all Washoe County departments.


Quality Public Service: Our award-winning team of professionals steward the financial resources entrusted to Washoe County to serve and support our departments, staff, partners and community with an vested interest in the financial activity and health of the County. We advise on strategic financial planning for decision making, improve transparency with financial data, and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Effective Communication: We collaborate and communicate to build strong bonds, inclusion and trust for all internal and external stakeholders.

Integrity: We are dedicated to excellence, high ethical standards, and fiscal integrity in everything we do.



Comptroller’s Department:

The Comptroller's Department recommends and implements financial and fiscal policies, monitors the County's revenues and expenditures, and recommends or takes action as necessary to assure a positive fiscal outcome. The Comptroller's Department also maximizes the revenue collected by individual County agencies, oversees the financial operations of County departments, maintains accurate financial and accounting records of all County transactions, prepares financial reports, and limits exposure to loss from damage to or destruction of assets and errors or omissions. The Comptroller's Department also pays the County's vendors and employees.

The Comptroller’s Department has 6 divisions:
  1. Accounting: Accounting provides timely, relevant and accessible financial information and services that comply with laws and regulations.
  2. Accounts Payable: Accounts Payable is responsible for paying vendors for goods and services provided to Washoe County, in accordance with both County Code and Nevada Revised Statutes.
  3. Collections: The Collections Division works to capture funds owed to Washoe County by providing a collection program for County departments and agencies to which fees, fines, or charges are due. They serve as either the first point of contact on payments due or they perform collection activity when the debt becomes past due.
  4. Payroll: The Payroll Division is responsible for calculating payroll for approximately 2,900 employees every two weeks, in accordance with federal and state laws, Washoe County Code, and 10 collective bargaining agreements.
  5. Purchasing: The Purchasing Division is dedicated to obtaining goods and services through the best economical use of public funds, supplying goods and services when they are needed through comparison pricing and quality without prejudice, and disseminating information for new technologies, products, services, and sources.
  6. Risk Management: This division is managed and reported as an internal service fund.



The budget team is responsible for the development, analysis, and execution of the over $1 billion budget for Washoe County. This includes providing financial information for policy decisions, budget and financial administration and management as well as annually guiding the county’s budget from department requests to Board of Commission adoption and state certification.


The Grants Division works with County departments and divisions to assist them to write, implement, and administer their grant funds. The Grants Division provides a variety of internal services, including training and technical assistance; policy & procedure development and maintenance; as well as general County-wide oversight for compliance purposes.

Internal Audit:

The internal audit team provides independent, objective assurance that assists the county in bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluating and improving the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes within the organization. The internal audit division is a trusted advisor that promotes transparency and continuous improvement to Washoe County’s operations.


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