Benjamin Rosenfield serves as the City Controller. Mr. Rosenfield was appointed to a 10-year term as Controller by Mayor Gavin Newsom and confirmed by the Board of Supervisors in March 2008.
As Chief Fiscal Officer and Auditor, he provides fiscal management oversight of a $6 billion budget and is responsible for budgetary planning and monitoring of the receipt, collection and disbursement of City funds. The City Controller is responsible for the City's financial management systems, internal controls and reports, provides public policy and economic analyses, estimates the cost of ballot measures, provides payroll services for the City's employees and directs performance and financial audits of City activities.
Before becoming Controller, Mr. Rosenfield served as the Deputy City Administrator under City Administrator Edwin Lee from 2005 to 2008. He was responsible for preparation and monitoring of the City's 10-year capital plan, oversight of a number of internal service offices under the City Administrator, and implementing the City's new 311 non-emergency customer service center. From 2001 to 2005 Mr. Rosenfield worked as the Budget Director for then-Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. and Mayor Gavin Newsom. As Budget Director, Mr. Rosenfield prepared the City's proposed budget for each fiscal year and served on behalf of the Mayor to manage city spending during the course of each year. From 1997 to 2001 Mr. Rosenfield performed as an analyst in the Mayor's Budget Office and as a project leader in the Controller's Office.
Mr. Rosenfield succeeds Edward Harrington who served as the Controller, following the Mayor's appointment of Mr. Harrington to the position of General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.