Jack Dilles, CPFO

Finance and Management Services

Jack Dilles provides services to meet the needs of local governments, focusing on effective solutions to financial issues. His areas of expertise, gained through career public service in governmental finance, include strategic financial plans, analysis of new revenue options, creative methods of financing capital projects, fee studies, streamlining of financial operations, budgets, and financial policies.

Jack has served as the Finance Director for the Cities of Santa Cruz, Morgan Hill, and Scotts Valley. He has worked as a Santa Cruz County Financial Manager in the Auditor-Controller and Public Works Departments. In addition, he has experience as a State and County Internal Auditor and as an Interim Finance Director for the City of Clearlake. Specific accomplishments have included:

  • Financial planning and debt financing related to the successful construction of a new police station, library, indoor recreation center, and community center in the City of Morgan Hill;
  • Implementation of a proper administrative cost allocation system and establishment of other financial systems in Scotts Valley, thereby enabling the City to balance its budget, convert a negative General Fund Balance into a positive one, and professionalize the Finance Department;
  • Production of award winning budgets and comprehensive annual finance reports for the Cities of Scotts Valley, Morgan Hill, and Santa Cruz;
  • Issuance of Pension Obligation Bonds to reduce pension costs for the City of Santa Cruz;
  • Completion of Marks Roos, Mello Roos, Assessment District, Lease Revenue, and Wastewater Revenue bond sales in the Cities of Santa Cruz, Morgan Hill, and Scotts Valley to finance projects;
  • Implementation of an internal borrowing program for the City of Santa Cruz; and
  • Preparation of five year Strategic Financial Plans for the City of Morgan Hill.

Jack is a Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) as conferred by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). He earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration (with an Accounting Concentration) and an MBA, both from San Jose State University. He is an active member of both the GFOA and California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO).

Jack has made presentations to the League of California Cities (“Budget Problems? Use a Lifeline – Ask the Community”) and CSMFO (“Risk Management in Finance. Who Cares?”).

Rounding out his experience, Jack currently serves on the Scotts Valley City Council. He previously served on the Santa Cruz County Board of Education.

Jack Dilles works with local governments to create effective solutions to financial issues, focusing on strategic financial plans, new revenue options, capital project financing and…