Discover Michigan City on Instagram Michigan City on Linked In Facebook for Michigan City Residents
Discover Michigan City on Facebook

City Departments - Controller's Office
Forms & Fees | Feedback | Annual Reports


Richard Murphy, Controller
Yvonne Hoffmaster, Assistant Controller
Cathy Gonder, Payroll Clerk
Mary Lynn Wall, Internal Auditor
Tamiko Smith, AP/AR Coordinator
Tonya Jones, Secretary

Office Hours
Monday - Friday    8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Office of the Controller
100 East Michigan Boulevard
Michigan City, Indiana 46360
voice:(219) 873-1404
fax:(219) 873-1542

Controller's Office

Click here for the Michigan City Branding, Development & Marketing Action Plan from Roger Brooks International (PDF)


The Controller's office is the financial department of the city, serving as treasurer and auditor. The department oversees the payment of invoices, payrolls, and pensions, as well as the receipts of the city. The mission of the department is to accurately pay all properly documented invoices, payrolls, and pensions in a timely manner, while maximizing investment opportunities, thus reducing the need to borrow funds. The department issues payments from more that 100 funds on behalf of 30 departments.


Richard Murphy, Controller

The City Controller is the head fiscal officer of the city department of finance. As fiscal officer, the Controller performs the following duties:

  • Prescribe the form of reports and accounts to be submitted to the department.
  • Sign and issue all warrants on the city treasury.
  • Audit and revise all accounts and trusts in which the city is concerned.
  • Keep separate accounts for each item of appropriation made for each city department, including a statement showing the amount drawn on each appropriation, the unpaid contracts charged against it, and the balance remaining.
  • At the end of each fiscal year, submit under oath to the city legislative body a report of the accounts of the city, published in pamphlet form and showing revenues, receipts, expenditures, and the sources of revenues.
  • Maintain custody of the records of the department and turn them over to the fiscal officer's successor in office.
  • Perform duties prescribed by statute concerning the negotiation of city bonds, notes, and warrants.
  • Keep a register of bonds of the city and of transfers of those bonds.
  • Manage the finances and accounts of the city and make investments of city money, subject to the ordinances of the legislative body.
  • Issue city licenses on payment of the license fee.
  • Collect fees as fixed by ordinance.
  • Pay into the city treasury, once each week, all fees and other city money collected by the department during the preceding week, specifying the source of each item.
  • Prescribe payroll and account forms for all city offices.
  • Prescribe the manner in which salaries shall be drawn.
  • Prescribe the manner in which creditors, officers, and employees shall be paid.
  • Provide that all salaries are payable monthly, unless the legislative body establishes more frequent payments.
  • Notify the city executive of the failure of any city officer to collect money due the city or to pay city money into the city treasury.
  • Draw warrants on the city treasury for miscellaneous city expenditures not made under the discretion of a department and not specifically fixed by statute.

Yvonne Hoffmaster, Assistant Controller

Yvonne is responsible for coordinating banking activities such as deposits, monthly reconciliations, and monitoring investment maturities. She issues payment of state fuel taxes, assists department heads, prepares the monthly and annual financial statements, submits status reports for numerous state and federal grants, and assists in the preparation of the city's annual budget. Yvonne is also the department's computer manager, responsible for staff training and application of new software. Yvonne oversees the state's electronic payments to the city.

Cathy Gonder, Payroll Clerk

Cathy is responsible for issuing city bi-weekly payroll, as well as police and fire monthly retirement checks. To be accurate, the city no longer issues pay checks; city policy requires that all payroll and pension payouts be issued electronically (Electronics Funds Transfers or payments deposited directly into an employee's bank account). The payroll function includes the withholding and payment of insurance premiums, federal, state, and county taxes, pension payments, and union dues. Cathy also prepares annual tax statements (W-2 forms).

Mary Lynn Wall, Internal Auditor

The Internal Auditor is responsible for reconciling all the City’s bank accounts and works closely with the Assistant Controller in reviewing and analyzing the financial statements. The Internal Auditor is responsible for the maintaining the inventory and capital assets for the City, Sanitary District and Port Authority. This position also prepares all the financial statements for the CDBG programs.

Tamiko Smith, AP/AR Coordinator

The AP/AR Coordinator audits claims (invoices) for all City departments, including Redevelopment, Sanitary District Refuse and Port Authority and issues payment according to each department’s respective board schedule. This position also reconcile all the cash receipts with the corresponding bank accounts.

Tonya Jones, Secretary

The Secretary in the Controller’s Office serves as the receptionist. This position collects fines, issues licenses and permits, and bus passes.