Finance Team

The City of Fort Worth Finance Management Services Department is responsible for providing timely and accurate financial, operational and management information through a variety of functions, including:

David Cooke

David Cooke

City Manager

David Cooke became Fort Worth’s city manager June 30, 2014, following a national search.

With extensive experience in high growth urban areas, Cooke has provided myriad local government services to the City of Charlotte and Wake County, both in North Carolina. His experience includes managing large public organizations with growing capital infrastructure and daily public service needs. The City of Charlotte is approaching 800,000 in population and Wake County is approaching one million citizens.

In January 2014, he was hired by Mulkey Engineers and Consultants, a full service civil engineering firm located in Cary, N.C., to be its newest principal and director of business development. As county manager for Wake County he oversaw an organization of 3,600 employees with a $1.2 billion operating budget.

Cooke was instrumental in leading 13 successful bond referenda, and helped recruit companies like Fidelity Investments, Novartis, and Metlife to Wake County. He successfully implemented partnerships with municipalities, including the development and operation of a regional landfill, the planning and implementation of the Raleigh Convention Center, the Neuse River Greenway, open space acquisitions, and public safety communications.

Cooke received his undergraduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982 and continued at the university to receive a masters in public administration in 1984.

Aaron J. Bovos

CFO and Director of Financial Management Services

Aaron J. Bovos was appointed the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Financial Management Services for the City of Fort Worth in January of 2014.  Prior to this assignment, Bovos served as the Deputy County Administrator and Chief Financial Officer for Gwinnett County, Georgia (Atlanta metropolitan area), having been appointed to that position in 2009. Bovos’ professional career has spanned over 20 years, where he has held various positions in several local governments, including serving as the deputy city manager of the City of Roswell, the finance director for the City of Alpharetta, and the deputy city manager of the City of Sandy Springs.  

Bovos is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the Association of Governmental Accountants.  Bovos holds distinctions as a Certified Government Finance Manager (CGFM) and as a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP).  He has earned a bachelor's degree in bachelor’s degree in business management and is currently pursuing his Masters in Governmental Accounting at Rutgers University. 

In his current role as the CFO of the City of Fort Worth, Bovos oversees the day to day operations of the department of Financial Management Services.  The City has an annual operating budget of approximately $1.6 billion and over 6,300 employees.  Fort Worth has received national recognition for multiple programs.

On a personal level, Bovos enjoys running and is an avid horseman competing at events on a national level.

Alex Laufer

Debt and Compliance Manager
t:(817) 392-2318

John Samford

John Samford

Assistant Director of Finance
t:(817) 392-2318