City of Indio logoThe City of Indio is pleased to welcome Ruby D. Walla as the new director of finance. Following a thorough recruitment, Director Walla brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the City of Indio’s financial management team.

In her new role, Director Walla will oversee all aspects of the city’s financial operations, including budget development, revenue management, financial reporting, and compliance. Her leadership will be instrumental in continuing to lead the city towards fiscal stability, ensuring that taxpayer dollars are utilized efficiently and responsibly.

“Ruby’s adept understanding and thorough approach to enhancing the city’s robust revenue management and accounting processes are truly commendable,” said Bryan Montgomery, city manager. “In her capacity as the director of finance, she will leverage her extensive experience to enhance our strategic initiatives and optimize resources, safeguarding the financial well-being of our city for the benefit of all residents.”

Walla is an accomplished finance leader with more than two decades of experience dedicated to driving operational excellence. Her career began in 2002 with the City of Brawley as an accounting assistant, followed by a brief period with Imperial Irrigation District as an accounts payable specialist and financial accountant. In 2007, she returned to the City of Brawley as an assistant finance officer, becoming the finance director in 2010. Serving as the finance director from 2010-2018, she oversaw and implemented many successful initiatives, including driving the development of fiscal policies and internal controls, grant oversight, labor negotiations, audits, and budget management and reporting. Walla and her family moved to the Coachella Valley in 2018, serving as the assistance finance director for the City of Indian Wells.
In this capacity, she supervised and managed all operational functions of the city’s finance department.

Walla holds a Bachelor of Science in Administration, with an Accounting concentration, from California State University, San Bernardino, and is pursuing a Master of Public Administration, with a concentration in Financial Management.

With an operating budget of $326.6 million and 258 employees, the City’s finance director’s responsibility is to manage, protect and report on the City of Indio’s financial resources to enhance its financial condition for residents and businesses. The City of Indio has earned numerous national awards for its commitment to thorough financial management practices. Most notably, the City received a Certificate of Award for Operating Budget Excellence for Fiscal Year 2023-2024 by the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers.