Office of Management, Budget, Grants, and Revenue

The Office of Management, Budget and Grants provides professional, robust and accurate financial forecasting, budget development and fiscal control, operations analysis, and grants management to Hartford’s elected leadership, executive management, department directors and constituents enabling them to make informed decisions regarding the allocation and use of resources required to achieve City goals. The Office of Management, Budget and Grants strives to maximize leveraging of state, federal and local grant opportunities to fund programs and services that will benefit the citizenry of the City of Hartford.


Department Head

Jennifer Hockenhull photo

Jennifer Hockenhull

Born and raised near South Bend, Indiana, Jen earned her BS in Business from Indiana University – South Bend and is a licensed CPA in Indiana and Washington.
She has 20 years of experience working in accounting and finance departments in the public and private sector, including her time as the City Controller for South Bend.
She is looking forward to serving the City of Hartford and the community.


Jennifer Hockenhull



Dave Beck





Camille Thomas


Sr. Administrative Assistant



Budget Development & Control

Jeff Hallin


Assistant Director



Ranbir Gujral


Management Analyst



Kory Mills


Management Analyst



Lisa Gray 


Management Analyst



Felesha Ross


Management Analyst - Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)



Central Grants Administration        

Evan Johnson





Walter Drost


Principal Administrative Assistant



Lionel Rigler


Senior Project Manager



Ronnie Vazquez


Project Manager



Sheryl Horowitz


Senior Project Manager



Revenue Management and Collection      

Jacquelyn Pesquira


 Senior Accountant



Risk Management        

Sara Lowenthal


Risk Manager



In December 2017, the City of Hartford requested Tier 3 designation under the Municipal Accountability Review Board (MARB) in order to access additional tools in achieving long-term fiscal sustainability in exchange for significant accountability and oversight. The City was approved as a Tier 3 municipality in 2018. As a Tier 3 municipality under MARB oversight, the City of Hartford is required to submit and present at a public meeting monthly financial reports to ensure the City is operating with fiscal diligence in conformity with the annual budget and broader financial plan. The City’s General Fund Recommended Budget must be reviewed by the MARB on an annual basis and the revenue assumptions must be approved by the MARB. Any union tentative agreements must also be reviewed by the MARB.

In March 2018, the City entered into a contract assistance agreement with the State of Connecticut to service the approximately $540 million in current general obligation debt service until such debt was retired. This agreement is backed by the full faith and credit of the State of Connecticut. As part of this agreement, the City of Hartford is subject to considerable financial oversight and is precluded from going into the bond market for at least the next five years. There are also limitations on the issuance of new debt for a ten-year period following the end of MARB oversight. Under the contract assistance agreement, the City must fully fund the Municipal Employee Retirement Fund (MERF) actuarially determined employer contribution (ADEC) and is precluded from accumulating general fund operating deficits above 1% or more per the most recently completed fiscal year’s independent audit. The City is also precluded from having an operating general fund deficit 1.5% or greater of average general fund revenue over two consecutive years, or having a cumulative unassigned fund balance deficit of 1.5% or more. Lack of compliance with such requirements would trigger a default, thus placing the City in Tier 4 full oversight.

The City of Hartford provided a 5-year Municipal Recovery Plan to the MARB in March 2018, which identified revenue and expenditures assumptions, contract assistance for debt service, labor concessions, economic development goals and initiatives to generate Grand List growth, as well as revenue and expenditure initiatives, the combination of which provided a pathway to fiscal balance. Such plan required the City to shift to a pay-as-you-go Capital Improvement Program, whereby the capital expenditure program is funded primarily from the General Fund. Such plan was reviewed in detail by the full MARB and a subcommittee thereof and approved in June 2018. The City will resubmit an updated Five-Year Financial Forecast annually in concert with the Mayor’s Recommended General Fund Budget.