Candidate for Johnson County auditor
To the editor:
I was pleased to see the Daily Journal cover the auditor’s race (“Efficiency key issue for GOP auditor hopefuls,” April 12). I wanted to clarify the information that was provided under the education section, however.
As reported, I am a proud graduate of a Johnson County high school (Franklin Community High School). However, I am also pursuing a degree in accounting. I think it’s important for the voters to know I am working on this degree as part of my preparation for the office I am seeking.
Among other duties, the auditor is the principal financial officer in county government. That is a huge task that involves lots of money.
Among other things, the auditor “must develop financial analysis and cash flow projections and assist with budget preparations.”
The auditor also has responsibility for keeping accounts and issuing warrants for the payment of claims against the county. (Source: County Government Guide).
I won’t risk tiring readers by listing all the functions of the auditor, but the job clearly entails many columns and lots of numbers. And they all represent your tax dollars. My tax dollars. Our tax dollars. Millions of them!
Knowing that the auditor is responsible for millions of your tax dollars, wouldn’t you want your auditor to have an accounting degree? I know I would. And that’s why I am going to school in the evenings, on my own time.
During the work week, I am the director of maintenance working under the county commissioners. I have served in this capacity for more than seven years. As a county department head, I have experience supervising an office of 20 employees. I also have years of experience working with a budget — paid for by the taxpayers — and making sure that money actually goes to help county government run more efficiently for us, the taxpayers.
I am pleased to report that I have always submitted budgets below projections and have never asked for an enhancement to my budget. I’m very frugal. And I didn’t learn that in college from an accounting professor. I learned fiscal responsibility from my parents. It’s how I was raised.
I always go the extra mile to get the job done right. It’s one of the reasons I am going for my accounting degree in the hopes of being your county auditor. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.