Finance Team

The mission of the Debt Management division is to provide analysis and accounting of debt instruments and investments and to continually review the financial markets and provide advice to management to maximize debt and investment positions.


  1. Assures the timely payments of all debt obligations.
  2. Ensures compliance with all terms, conditions and disclosures required by the legal documents governing the debt issuances and refunding of debt as appropriate.
  3. Analyzes current market trends and makes appropriate decisions on asset allocation, portfolio duration and best yield available to meet the City’s investment objectives.
  4. Prepares monthly reports reflecting a detailed summary analysis of all City investments including: the total of investments; a detailed summary analysis of investment by type and amount; an analysis of investment portfolio mix by type and amount, including liquidity, quality/risk of each security and similar information; and any analysis of the investment strategy, including near-term strategic plans and projects of investment activity.
  5. Determines City’s overall debt capacity and provides technical assistance on new financing programs.
  6. Coordinates the structuring and issuance of short- and long-term debt at appropriate intervals and in reasonable amounts that support approved capital expenditures.
  7. Manages and ensures the preparation of monthly reports reflecting a summary analysis of long-term and short-term borrowing, inclusive of debt in the current fiscal year and in successive fiscal years. 
  8. Oversees arbitrage compliance of City bond issues.
  9. Coordinates with the Financial Services Branch to determine when to issue General Obligation Bonds, Special Revenue Bonds, or any other debt instruments, as needed.
John W. Hill

John W. Hill

t:(313) 224-3382

John W. Hill currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of the City of Detroit Michigan since November 2013.  The emergency Financial Manager, Kevyn Orr, and the Mayor, Mike Duggan jointly appointed him for a term to expire at the end of Emergency Manager’s tenure.  Mayor Mike Duggan has reappointed Mr. Hill to serve as Detroit’s CFO in the post bankruptcy period.  Mr. Hill is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of JHill Group LLC, a consulting company formed in late 2012.  He has almost four decades of experience in financial management, organizational design and development, and strategic business planning.  Mr. Hill has a proven track record leading high-performing organizations across diverse industries, comprising government, non-profit and for-profit entities.  Mr. Hill served for eight years as Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the improvement of Washington DC.  He also previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of In2Books, Inc., a partner with Andersen, LLP, Executive director of the DC Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority (Control Board) and as Director of Audits in Marriott Corporation’s Internal Audit Division, among other financial leadership positions.

In September 2012, Mr. Hill was elected to the Board of Costar Group, Inc. where he currently serves as chairman of the audit committee.  Mr. Hill also serves as a Trustee of Chesapeake Lodging Trust Corporation where he chairs the compensation committee, is a member of the audit committee and a member of the trustees committee.  Previously, Mr. Hill served on the Board of Directors and was a member of the audit and compensation committees for Highland Hospitality, Inc.  He has served in board leadership positions with a number of public government-related and non-profit organizations in the Washington, DC region.  He is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in accounting and passed the CPA exam in 1977.  He has received many awards and recognition over the years for his work. On October 19, 2016, Mr. Hill had the privilege of speaking at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (known as Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador on a panel entitled Financing the New Urban Agenda: From Challenges to Implementation. Mr. Hill offered insights to the heavy lifting of a bankrupt city, effective use of intergovernmental transfers, and lessons from Detroit and Washington.

John Naglick

John Naglick

Chief Deputy CFO/Finance Director
t:(313) 224-4153

John Naglick is the Chief Deputy CFO/Finance Director for the City of Detroit, reporting to the Chief Financial Officer. In conjunction with this position at the City, he serves as a Board Member for the General Retirement System, Police and Fire Retirement System, Downtown Development Authority and the Detroit Transportation Corporation (operator of the Detroit People Mover).  He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Walsh College where he has taught a number of classes over a span of six years.  Prior to his current position, he was Finance Director for the City of Pontiac, Michigan from April, 2010 to October, 2013 and was a Director at AlixPartners LLP from 2007 to 2010.  Mr. Naglick earned BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Detroit.  He is a licensed CPA in the State of Michigan and earned the Certificate in Financial Forensics (CFF) from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Christa J. McLellan

Christa J. McLellan

Deputy CFO/Treasurer
t:(313) 224-1717

Christa McLellan has worked in the municipal finance arena for over 20 years.  She became a member of the City of Detroit team, as Treasurer, in January of 2017.  Before joining the City, she served as the Deputy Treasurer of Financial Services for the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office and as the Director of Accounting and Financial Reporting for Wayne County. She has also worked as an auditor of public sector entities for both Rehmann and KPMG LLP.  Her professional activities include serving on the boards of (either currently or in the past) the Police and Fire Retirement System for the City of Detroit, the Michigan Government Finance Officers Association, Michigan Women Finance, and the Wayne County Treasurer’s Association.  Christa is a CPA and a Certified Fraud Examiner, and received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico.