There are three primary reasons I am running for Treasurer.

First, I believe there needs to be strong leadership in the Washington County Treasurer’s office, and I will provide that leadership.  I will take a stand and offer solutions to existing and pending budget issues.

Second, as your Treasurer I will proactively and actively engage with the other county agencies and the taxpayers of Washington County during the budgeting process.  I will make this process open, transparent, easy to access, and easy to follow.

Finally, for the last several years Washington County has been spending at a deficit.  If you have to use reserve funds in addition to current year revenue to cover your expenses, you are operating in the red.  Reserve funds should be used for capital investment, capital improvement or emergencies only.  We must rebuild our reserves and ensure our costs do not exceed our revenue.

My background and experience make me the best qualified candidate for the office.  I served 5 1/2 years in the United States Army, and I am currently serve as an Economic Development Business Manager for the State of Arkansas.  Prior to my current role, I had 20 year private sector career where I managed multi-million dollar budgets.  For the final 7 years of my career, I was a Vice President responsible for over $250 Million in service revenue and a total workforce in excess of 2,000 people.

My strengths include forecasting, budgeting, cost controls and contract negotiation.  I’ve had to deal with several multi-million dollar contracts that renewed at decreased revenue and increased Service Level Agreements, this means doing more with less. During my career I earned the reputation as a problem solver and a change agent.  I drive transformation through collaboration, quality analysis, and clearly stated goals and objectives.

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