Human Resources Department
212 SW 9th St
Lawton, OK  73501



Job Title:

  Accountant I
Announcement #:  2761
Location:   Finance Division
Beginning Salary:        $1,626.40 bi-weekly
Closing Date:  

Open until filled

Status:   Full Time



Provides financial information to management by preparing, researching or analyzing accounting data. Assists in maintaining accounting records for a large number of funds, assisting and correcting work done by technicians and other city employees, and knowledge of purchasing practices


  • Records financial transactions and reconciles assigned accounts on set standards. Maintain both general and special legers of receipts and expenditures.
  • Prepares various schedules, summaries, analyses for use in compiling financial reports. Balances assigned accounts.
  • Assists in closing funds at fiscal year-end.  This involves making all necessary corrections, accruals and entries to bring records from Oklahoma State Statute required cash accounting to GAAP and GASB standards of accrual accounting in accordance with GASB 34. 
  • Work with assigned external auditors for City.  Assist in preparing trial balances and statements. Provide information and assistance to ensure a successful audit. 
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual City budget. Compile expenditure sections under direction of supervisor.  Edit the preliminary budget as approved by the City Council and directed by supervisor. 
  • Compose and edit a variety of correspondence and reports for  supervisor, Finance Director, City Manager and the City Council.
  • Assists in investing funds for the City and general employee retirement system.  
  • Prepares reports for Financial Services Supervisor, Finance Director, City Manager and City Council.  These reports could also include mandatory information required by the IRS, Social Security Administration and the annual census reports. Compiles and compares information.
  • Handles customer inquiries and problems related to accounts.
  • Maintains financial security by following internal accounting controls.
  • Have a general knowledge of purchasing procedures and rules.
  • May maintain and monitor payroll distribution system, verifying data, code numbers and approvals.
  • Working knowledge of computers and electronic data processing.
  • Knowledge of manual and automated financial systems
  • Knowledge of governmental accounting principles and practices and GASB (Governmental Accounting Standards Board)
  • Knowledge of financial reporting in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain successful working relationships.
  • Ability to work under pressure and/or frequent interruptions.
  • Ability to prepare accurate and complex financial reports and statements
  • Ability to resolve problems or situations requiring the exercise of good judgment
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other City employees and the public
  • Skill in analyzing and interpreting records and financial statements.
  • Skill in designing and maintaining complex spreadsheets and databases.
  • Two or more years of responsible municipal accounting experience are necessary to be able to perform this position.
  • Must be bondable (No criminal or civil record such as bankruptcy that prevent bonding).
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration or a closely related field;
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid Oklahoma Driver's License.

Works in the Financial Services Division of the Finance Department

  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to operate, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to twenty-five (25) pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.  Sufficient manual dexterity to operate a typewriter, computer keyboard, and calculator.
  • Frequent hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate various pieces of office equipment, often requiring repetitive hand-arm coordination and movements.
  • Frequently use manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer keyboard
  • Continuously, required to talk or hear; and sit;
  • Frequently required to stand or walk;
  • Continuously see details at a distance, up close and peripherally, including using depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus, use close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
    EOE/ AA Employer/Vets/Disability
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Or apply at:  Human Resources Department, 212 SW 9th, Lawton OK   73501  Phone: (580) 581-3392  Fax:  (580) 581-3530

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability status.

This position requires successful completion of a City of Lawton drug screen and/or physical as a condition of employment.