Melissa Cruz, Assistant Town Manager/
Finance Director


Melissa Cruz, who had served the Town as Finance Director since 2017, assumed the role of Bay Harbor Islands Assistant Town Manager/Finance Director in April, 2019. 

Melissa has nearly two decades of public  and private accounting experience. She began her career as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles where she was ranked in the top 3 of her starting class of 65. She then moved into private industry, holding positions at Fox Television in Los Angeles; World Travel Holdings in Boston and Navarro Pharmacy in Miami. 

In 2011, Melissa accepted a position as Director of Finance with the Travis County Auditor’s office in Austin, Texas. In 2013, She returned to South Florida as the Controller for the City of Hallandale Beach. As a direct result of her efforts, the City received its first clean audit report in six years. During her tenure, she was also a key contributor to the success of Hallandale’s new financial software system implementation and awarded the “Rookie of the Year” distinction at the City’s Go-Live celebration in 2014.

Melissa graduated from University of Massachusetts, Boston, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She lives with her husband of 13 years, Jeremiah, and three children, Nina (10), Gavin (6) and Elle (3), as well as their Westie puppy, Sidney. Besides her family, her loves include the Miami Heat, stone crab and travel. 

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