Angry? Tired of our employee county professional politicians telling us what we want? The treasurer office is, by law, to be independently managed by the voters elected official.
There are three candidates. Candidate Fox transferable experience includes entrepreneur, county treasurer office staff member, and Dairy Queen franchise bookkeeper. Simms, also a bookkeeper, was anointed three months ago as the commissioner created, full time, overpaid finance director. Simms is endorsed by county professional politicians; Rowe by prominent folks county - wide.
None of the candidates claim to be CPA’s, accountants, certified financial planners or former employees of banks or financial institutions. Rowe alone has a bachelor’s degree.
Occasionally Rowe’s ability to effectively argue a position appears to be an abrasive personality. That’s not bad. We’re not electing a person to run our charm school; we’re electing a person to manage the organization that collects current and delinquent tax monies, who is capable of safeguarding our assets while standing up to the power grabbing commissioners who are gradually creating the county administrator that citizens rejected.
Fox told us that her treasurer office colleague Simms will be too busy learning the finance director job to be treasurer; and there is much to learn (see job description). Could Simms effectively serve two masters? Is it humanly possible for Simms to be 100% finance director reporting to the commissioners and 50% treasurer reporting to the citizens?
According to the commissioners, we have a full time county fiscal emergency. In their quest to create a finance / personnel services director (administrator) and then get their candidate elected treasurer, did the commissioners blow it creating a part time treasurer job? It appears that Simms could be treasurer in name only while collecting almost $90,000 (combined finance director / treasurer salary) annually. There would be added cost for deputies to actually run the treasurer organization. Would the commissioners argue that huge combined salary is justification for their wanted exorbitant pay raise?
Who is best qualified to operate independently; to best maintain a transparent organization; to be responsive to the citizens; to best face up to the commissioners; to best collect delinquent taxes; to assure checks and balances; to safeguard the people’s money; to effectively argue against a commissioners pay raise when the county purse is empty? That’s easy, Matt Rowe.
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