Christa Buhagiar, CPA, was selected as the Finance Director in May 2017 and appointed the City Treasurer in June 2017. In this role, she oversees accounting, banking and investments, budget development and administration, debt administration, financial reporting, payroll, and utility billing.
Christa began her career in governmental accounting in 2003 at the public accounting firm Lance, Soll & Lunghard LLP. After five years with the public accounting firm, Christa accepted the Accounting Supervisor position with the City of Claremont where she was able to make improvements to internal controls and implemented internal audit functions. Christa later joined the City of Upland as their Finance Manager where she was responsible for the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report and preparation of the Annual Budget. During her time there, she led the selection process of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for Finance, Payroll, Utility Billing, Human Resources and Development Services. In April 2015, Christa joined the City of West Covina as their Finance Director. While in West Covina, she oversaw the creation of an Information Technology (IT) Master Plan and worked on the continued dissolution of the former Redevelopment Agency.
Christa attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration. Christa also became a licensed Certified Public Accountant in December 2006. She is a member of several professional organizations including the Government Finance Officers Association and the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers.