What are the duties of the county treasurer?  The duties of the county treasurer include, but are not limited to, the following: 

•Receive and deposit revenue collected from all county departments;  •Disburse funds associated with all county departments; •Keep record of and report all revenues, disbursements, and assets of the county to the commissioners court and county citizens; •Ensure that the county officials and corresponding departments are working within the approved county budget; •Reconcile accounts;  •Perform adjusting entries for monthly and yearly reporting; •Act as custodian of investment of county funds; •Acts as the chief liaison with the depository banks and the county; •Manage human resources functions for the county, which include payroll, employee recordkeeping and reporting, employee benefits coordination, government reporting and filing, employee handbook details, worker’s compensation reporting, and unemployment issues; •Work closely with all county officials and county employees whether elected, appointed, or hired; •Stay abreast and understand current and changing laws and regulations related to the county and the job functions. 2.What do you believe is the most important function of the office?

The functions of the treasurer’s office include accounting, human resources, and management. The Treasurer is the custodian of county funds and works for the citizens of Erath County. The treasurer’s office performs many functions to ensure accountability, organization, and effective communication with county offices, county personnel, and the citizens of the county. The treasurer’s office receives a vast amount of information, which must be properly processed, recorded, stored, and communicated. The treasurer’s office must also stay abreast of and comply with ever-changing governmental laws and regulations. To classify one of these functions as more important than the others would be to undervalue some of the Treasurer’s responsibilities.

3.Do you have experience in banking, accounting or financial planning?

I have over 20 years of experience in accounting. My accounting experience includes budgeting, invoicing, deposits, accounts receivable, accounts payable, assets, liabilities, inventory, monthly reconciliation of bank, floor, and credit card accounts, payroll, monthly adjusting entries and financials, year-end adjusting entries and financials, preparation of 941, 940, W-2, 1099, and TWC reports. My business education has opened up employment opportunities to me in my career that have given me experience in areas I didn’t even anticipate when I was in college. My areas of experience include not just accounting but also human resources and management, which are the other important functions of the treasurer’s office

4. Have you ever managed investments?

I have only managed my personal investments. My personal investments consist of 401k, Roth and Traditional IRA’s, and savings accounts. I understand the importance of having a balanced portfolio that aligns with an appropriate amount of risk. The Treasurer holds a fiduciary position, therefore has a duty to manage and invest county funds with the upmost care and minimal risk. The Treasurer must follow strict statues that govern how county funds are to be managed and invested. Since checks and balances are built into the system, the Treasurer is required to report management and investment of county funds to the commissioner’s court on a regular basis. 

5.What are the top two skills or personal attributes that make you the best candidate?  

Leadership and communication. 

Throughout my career, I have held management positions. I am currently the financial controller for Buckhorn Pumps, Inc. and manage co-workers. My emphasis on leadership began when I was a senior in high school. I was the president of the Stephenville High School chapter of DECA, and was the youngest person to promote to crew leader at a local restaurant. My leadership experiences continued throughout my college career at Tarleton, where I was vice president of the Delta Mu Delta National Business Honor Society chapter and the public relations chair for the Accounting Society. I am currently the finance chair for Cross Timbers Business and Professional Women, in which I have been a member for over 15 years and have served as President, Past President, Vice President, Secretary, and with the audit committee.  

Vital to effective leadership is effective communication, whether it is written, verbal, or non-verbal. Communication is a skill that improves with experience, and effective and transparent communication is necessary regarding finances, budgeting, investing, employee concerns, and handling internal and external questions. Throughout my career, I have had to effectively communicate with clients, vendors, bankers, lenders, accountants, attorneys, insurance agents, and multiple governmental agencies.