1. What are your qualifications for this office?

1. What are your qualifications for this office?


A commercial college degree; 18 years of vital experience as a Certified County Treasurer for San Saba County with extensive knowledge in governmental fund accounting; a strong foundation and education in the administration, processing, and auditing skills and duties associated with the office and the statutes that dictate its operational procedures; 10 years as a certified public funds investment officer; effective communication skills; access to an invaluable network of established colleagues and a pool of resources for effective problem solving.


2. What opportunities do you see for improving the efficiency of the County Treasurer’s office?


As treasurer, I will work diligently to continue the advancements already implemented by your current County Treasurer, Trent Bass. I will continue the efforts to enhance areas of technology through banking with ACH vendor payments greatly reducing the cost of processing the paper check and allowing vendors to receive their money much sooner than by mail; continue coordinating with the State Comptroller’s Office to offer Grayson County citizens an annual Unclaimed Property Search Drive. This service brings the process to the local level to put lost/unclaimed monies/properties back in the possession of its rightful owners. I believe that maintaining open lines of communication and developing positive collaboration with commissioner’s court, other elected officials, department heads and employees alike is essential to making efficient and effective progress for this office and for Grayson County.


3. Some counties have chosen to eliminate the office of county treasurer. Please explain why Grayson County should continue to have an elected position of county treasurer?


My defense for this elected office comes from Article XVI, Section 44 of the Texas Constitution. Texas county government is structured in a manner which requires county financial undertaking to be open to the public and within the actual and official knowledge of more than one elected official. The county treasurer is an integral part of this system of internal controls designed to prevent excessive concentration of power in one official. The dispersion of public fiscal duties among several officials assures an orderly and honorable administration of public finance in ways which inspire and merit public trust. What confidence can the public have in the fiscal structure of the county government if the "separation of powers" and the "checks and balances" are destroyed?