Managing finances for the City of Colfax is a big responsibility that we take seriously. We know that good, sound fiscal stewardship is vital to the City’s long term success. The Finance Director is charged with maintaining the financial integrity of the City. 

The City has weathered economic ups and downs very well throughout our history, thanks in part to the commitment to fiscal stewardship and responsibility that is shared throughout our organization. In all that we do, we adhere to Washington budget law, local, state and federal compliance regulations, and fiscally conservative principles for financial management. The City of Colfax  has earned national recognition for its annual budget and comprehensive annual financial statements. 

This work doesn’t happen behind closed doors or at the hands of a select few people. Finance touches all other departments within the City, and works collaboratively with them to ensure a sound financial structure is in place so they can provide excellent service to the community.


The Finance Director has many responsibilities including overseeing the budget process and managing the finances for the City, as well as being the Administration department head. Call or email  with questions about:


  • the City's budget (cash basis); 

  • financial forecasting;

  • cash management and investment activity;

  • debt management;

  • accounting -Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR);

  • accounts receivable or accounts payable;


Please Click Here to Find Out about the 2020 Budgeting Process



Certified Annual Financial Reports (CAFR's)








Chris Mathis

Finance Director

400 N Mill Street


City of Colfax · 400 N Mill Street · Colfax, Washington 99111 · Phone (509) 397-3861 · Fax (509) 397-3044 Non-Emergency Police: 509-397-4616