About

Team

Learn about the Team at Town of Barnstable, including our Treasurer/Collector, Director of Finance, and Assistant Treasurer.

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Debra Blanchette

Treasurer/Collector
(508) 862-4653
debra.blanchette@town.barnstable.ma.us

Debra Blanchette Watson joined the Town of Barnstable in 2006 as the Town Treasurer. Debra worked with Director of Finance, Mark Milne and Town Manager, Mark Ells to plan and implement the consolidation of the Treasurer and Collector offices into a combined Treasurer/Collector office that became effective in June of 2019. As the Treasurer/Collector Debra is responsible for:

 -Managing all Town borrowings
 -Processing Town and School payrolls
 -Investment of surplus funds
 -Servicing existing debt and issuing new debt
 -Billing and collection of the Town’s revenue sources

Prior to joining the Town of Barnstable, Debra was the elected Town Clerk, Treasurer and Collector for the Town of Marion. She was elected to 5 consecutive 3 year terms before accepting the position in Barnstable.

In 2007, Debra brought in Standard & Poor’s to evaluate the Town’s creditworthiness. Standard & Poor’s awarded the Town of Barnstable a AAA rating which the Town continues to maintain.

Debra earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University, Boston and is a Certified Massachusetts Municipal Treasurer and a Certified Massachusetts Collector. She is actively involved in and serves on several Boards and Committees and is a past President of both Plymouth County and the Cape and Islands Treasurer/Collector Associations. Debra is on the Board of the Cape Cod Municipal Health Group (CCMHG) and represents the Town of Barnstable as an elected member of the CCMHG Steering Committee and is the Chair of the CCMHG Investment Committee. The CCMHG was the first and is the largest municipal Joint Purchase Group in Massachusetts. 

Debra is active in many organizations on the Cape and in surrounding communities, including serving as Vice President of a nonprofit organization, Sail Cape Cod, which was established to provide access to sailing for the greater community, disadvantaged and disabled residents of Cape Cod.

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Mark Milne

Director of Finance
(508) 862-4654
mark.milne@town.barnstable.ma.us

Mark A Milne joined the Town of Barnstable in December 1997 as the Director of Finance after spending several years as the Comptroller for the Town of Amherst, MA and working in the public accounting profession where much of his work involved auditing government entities. 

In 2005, Mark spearheaded the efforts to consolidate the financial operations of the Town of Barnstable with the Barnstable Public Schools. This initiative won the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Kenneth Pickard Innovation Award in 2006 and the consolidated operation remains in place today and Mark has presented on this effort on several occasions to professional organizations.

Under Mark’s direction the Town of Barnstable has received the GFOA’s distinguished budget presentation and financial reporting awards for the past 18 years. This effort has demonstrated the finance team’s and the Town Council’s commitment to provide comprehensive and transparent information when it comes to the town’s finances. Most recently, Mark directed a new transparency effort to include current and past years budget information on an Open Budget website that is updated on a regular basis so that those interested can track the town’s budget performance and view information on active and completed capital projects.

Mark received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he attended the Isenberg School of Management and earned a Masters in Public Administration from Suffolk University, Boston. He is actively involved in professional organizations promoting excellence in municipal finance and represents the State of Massachusetts on the Executive Board of the New England States Government Finance Officers Association. Mark is also licensed Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of MA.

Currently, as Director of Finance for the Town of Barnstable, Mr. Milne oversees the Town’s financial functions consisting of the following departments: Accounting, Budgeting, Assessing, Purchasing, Tax Collections and Treasury. In this capacity, he manages a total full-time staff of 29 people.  In his current role, one of the essential functions is the development and ongoing management of the Town’s annual operating and capital budgets which total $245 million for fiscal year 2020.

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JoAnna Callahan

Assistant Treasurer
joanna.callahn@town.barnstable.ma.us

JoAnna Callahan joined the Town of Barnstable in 2007 and has been the Assistant Treasurer since 2010. She is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the Treasurer’s office which includes Cash Receipts and Revenue Reporting, Payroll and Tax Title Management.

Prior to joining the Town of Barnstable, JoAnna worked at Liberty Mutual where she was responsible for a variety of functions including Reinsurance Accounting, Investment Accounting and Large Deductible Structured Settlements.  

JoAnna received a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from University of Massachusetts-Lowell. She also received a Certificate in Local Government Leadership & Management from Suffolk University Center for Public Management and is a Certified Massachusetts Municipal Assistant Treasurer.