BRYAN -- The Williams County treasurer's seat is up for election during the Nov. 6 general election. Running for the post are Republican Cathy Schuller and Independent Vickie Grimm.
Schuller has served as Williams County's deputy auditor from 2000-11, while Grimm has been banking office manager at the Huntington Bank since 2009.
Sharon Helbig, the current treasurer, has served in that position for 29 years. Her term runs through September 2013.
Profiles of each candidate follow:
Name: Cathy Schuller
Address: 311 N. Summit St., Edon
Education: Edon High School, 1991; Northwest State Community College, Archbold, 1994; and Defiance College, 2008
Family: husband, Doug; son, Taylor; daughter, Hallie
Occupation: Merestone Title Agency started June 2012; deputy auditor for the Williams County auditor from April 2000 through Dec. 27, 2011
Previous elected offices: Williams County Republican Central Committee, At Large C member and became Williams County Republican Central Committee secretary/treasurer in January 2012
Party affiliation: Republican
Reason for seeking office: I chose to seek office because I believe I have much to offer the citizens of Williams County by having over a decade of experience with public funds in county government. Many of my daily duties were in direct coordination with the treasurer's office and provide a firm foundation enabling me to seamlessly assume this role, knowledgeably and with efficiency and confidence. I am passionate about public service and believe I will serve the citizens well in this position.
Top three goals: 1. My first goal is the collection of delinquent real estate taxes, in excess of $1.3 million, that is impacting our local entities. My goal is to work closely with the county prosecutor's office in a team effort to greatly reduce that amount. 2. My second goal is to utilize paperless technology through an automated clearinghouse and remote capture for deposits in the cashiering system. 3. My third goal of investing county funds in a fiscally prudent manner can be achieved through organization and a clear line of communication with local banks to ensure the county is getting the best investment opportunities available.
Name: Vickie L. Grimm
Address: 414 W. South St., Bryan
Education: Hilltop High School, West Unity, 1987; Owens Community College, Rossford, associate's degree in business management, 1989
Family: husband, Doug; son, Drew; daughter, Megan
Occupation: banking office manager, Huntington Bank (Jan. 21, 2009-present); assistant banking office manager, Fifth Third Bank (November 2004 -January 2009); consumer lender, new account representative, teller, Farmers and Merchants State Bank (March 1992-November 2004)
Previous elected offices: N/A
Party affiliation: Independent
Reason for seeking office: This public office would provide an excellent way for me to serve Williams County residents and to utilize my banking and leadership experience for the betterment of Williams County.
Top three goals: 1. Protect and grow investment revenue. I will utilize my two decades of banking experience and knowledge to invest county funds in compliance with all federal and state laws, and in a manner that seeks to ensure the preservation of capital, to maintain sufficient liquidity to meet all current obligations of the county and to attain or exceed a market rate of return throughout budgetary and economic cycles. With my extensive background and expertise in the financial industry, I will manage all banking account relationships in order to secure adequate services while minimizing costs. I will maintain the highest level of expertise and knowledge of the county's banking affairs and the banking options available to the county. 2. Proactive vs. reactive in collection of delinquent taxes. It is most efficient and cost-effective for Williams County to be proactive in collection of taxes before delinquency becomes an issue. I will implement and publicize new and existing programs to improve on-time tax collection. It is my goal to work with the county prosecutor's office to assertively collect delinquent taxes in a timely manner. Working within the Ohio Revised Code guidelines I will provide budgeting and work out agreements to taxpayers who have become delinquent and in return Williams County will have increased revenue to utilize. 3. Customer service and services convenience. Excellent customer service has always been and will continue to be a priority for the treasurer's office. I will work diligently to educate residents on responsible budgeting to ensure adequate funds for payment of taxes, and realistic, reasonable and attainable payment plans. I will assist the taxpayers by provision of secure, convenient locations to remit their tax payments.