Corporate Services Department
Providing service to both the internal organization and the community, the Corporate Services Department is integral to ensuring the City government operates effectively and efficiently. Corporate Services staff are responsible for five key areas:
- The City Clerk’s Office;
- Corporate Communications;
- Financial Services;
- Information and Communications Technology; and
- Legal, Bylaw Enforcement, Business Licensing and Animal Services.
City Clerk’s Office
The City Clerk’s Office provides the primary communications link between City Council, staff and the community. City Clerk’s Office staff are also responsible for the preparation of the agendas and minutes for Council and Committee meetings; maintenance and access to corporate records including City bylaws; administrative support to Council and its Committees; and local government elections.
Corporate Communications Division
The Corporate Communications Division provides communication support to improve the effectiveness of internal and external communications, including advertising, marketing, media relations, strategic multi-media advice, and management of the Print Shop, as well as content development, design and management of the City website.
Financial Services includes long-term financial planning, annual budget development, investments, accounting, treasury and cash management and all statutory financial reporting. All purchasing requirements such as tenders and purchase orders are coordinated through this division. Financial Services staff also calculate and levy property taxes, water and sewer billing and collection of other payments to the City for items such as licenses, permits and fines.
Information and Communications Technology
The Information and Communications Technology staff support all of the City’s integrated software applications and coordinate telecommunications requirements such as telephones, cell phones and pagers. They also provide the technical support to the City’s Internet and Intranet applications. Support is also provided to QNet, a municipal corporation owned by the City of Coquitlam which provides community access to unlit fibre optics and competitive telecommunications services.
Legal, Bylaw Enforcement, Business Licencing & Animal Services Division
Staff in the Legal, Bylaw Enforcement, Business Licencing and Animal Services Division oversee all legal matters for the City, as well as bylaw enforcement and business licensing. In addition, they operate Coquitlam’s Animal Shelter and animal care services, including volunteer coordination at the facility. The City Solicitor is responsible for legal counsel at the City.