City or town of residence: Sedalia, Colorado
Profession: Douglas County treasurer
Campaign website: www.facebook.com/DaveGillforDougCo/
Why are you seeking this office?
I have lived in Douglas County for 34 years and have a demonstrated heart to serve our community. That desire has been demonstrated by having served two terms on the Douglas County Planning Commission, where I am a past chairman, and on the Mineral Extraction Task Force that negotiated a mutually agreeable resolution to the conflict between gravel miners and residential communities. I'm well-qualified and wish to continue to serve Douglas County residents and treasurer is the position that I am best qualified for.
What makes you the best choice for treasurer?
I have many years of experience in the finance industry, was recruited and trained as an auditor by a $20 Billion Thrift, was hired by a CPA firm and was the lead auditor for the Denver RTC's Contracting Department, have run successful small businesses, have been responsible for a $1 million budget, and have managed a staff of 36. Most importantly, I was sworn in as Douglas County treasurer last July and am successfully managing this complex department.
What are the most important traits or skills for a treasurer to possess?
The treasurer must manage the staff of a complex, technologically advanced, office with multiple functions while demonstrating a servant's heart for the people of our county. We must be able to invest and safeguard the financial assets entrusted to the treasurer with integrity, intelligence and experience while ensuring adequate liquidity to meet both expected and unexpected county expenses.
What must an effective treasurer accomplish?
The treasurer must interface and cooperate smoothly with other parts of the county government, including finance, the assessor's office, and the clerk and recorder to properly serve the people of Douglas County. We must continue to focus on providing the best service possible to each citizen we come in contact with. The treasurer must ensure the safety, liquidity, and yield (in that order) of the assets entrusted to us.
What will your top priority be if elected?
Douglas County government, including the treasurer's office, has successfully leveraged the internet to provide an excellent level of transparency and those efforts have been recognized with multiple awards. We are continuing to work on expanding options for ways citizens can get answers to their questions and will continue to look for new ways to share information. We will emphasize professional development of our staff to keep pace with developments and opportunities in our rapidly changing world.
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