Who we are

Division of Finance

Division of Finance offices

We manage the state’s finances

The Utah Division of Finance manages the financial operations of the state. Our primary objective is to ensure the responsible and transparent use of taxpayer funds.

  • We maintain accurate financial records and prepare reports used by government officials to make informed decisions.
  • We adopt policies that protect taxpayer funds and promote compliance with related laws.
  • We ensure that state employees are paid accurately and on time.
  • We assist those traveling on state business to efficiently book travel and receive reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • We actively pursue and collect debts owed to the state, local governments, and certain victims of crime.
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Our mission

Our mission is to promote the highest standards of trust and integrity in managing taxpayer funds. We show integrity by consistently providing accurate, timely, and unbiased financial information to the citizens and policy makers we serve. We believe the prudent and ethical use of taxpayer funds supports the prosperity of the state and benefits all Utah residents.


Our vision

Our vision is to promote trust and integrity as the cornerstones of financial governance. We aspire to model excellence in efficient, effective, and ethical financial management practices. We will employ innovative strategies and technology to enhance financial operations for the benefit of Utah's citizens.


For over 35 consecutive years the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) we prepare has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association. This certificate is awarded to government entities who go beyond the minimum requirements of financial reporting and prepare an ACFR that clearly and fully discloses all financial information. This means that our ACFR contains all the information citizens need to review the state’s yearly finances.

Our team

Several teams work together in our division to make sure the state’s financial operations run efficiently.


Led by Van Christensen, CPA

Our division is led by Van Christensen, division director; Jonathan Ellis, assistant division director; Ally Branch, assistant director; and 4 section managers who lead different teams.

Accounting operations

Led by Ally Branch

We manage all funds received and spent by the state. We make sure all expenses are recorded correctly, we write policy for all state agencies to ensure public funds are spent lawfully and responsibly. Our internal auditors examine departments and agencies to make sure they’re complying with policy and operating effectively and ethically.

Customer solutions and innovation

Led by Taylor Winch

We aim to become strategic partners with all state agencies, driving innovation and enhancing the customer experience through collaborative solutions. Our team's project management philosophy is to foster a culture of continuous improvement to propel the division of finance towards greater success.

Financial information systems

Led by Justin Taylor

We manage databases, servers, and software used for the state’s financial operations. We perform regular maintenance and updates to make sure these systems run smoothly. Our team also offers training and support to other state agencies who use databases and software.

Financial reporting

Led by Patricia Nelson

We compile and analyze the state’s financial records. We meticulously review the data to make sure it’s accurate and adheres to governmental accounting standards. We publish this information in the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR).

Payment operations

Led by Todd Darrington

We make sure state employees get paid correctly and on time. We also prepare W-2 forms for state employees.