County treasurer seeks third term

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— Projects are never finished. Rather, they are constant works in progress.

That's the work philosophy of Jeanne Whiddon, Routt County's treasurer and public trustee. Whiddon, who is completing her second four-year term, announced Wednesday at the Routt County Republicans meeting that she plans to run for a third term in November.

No one else has publicly declared their intent to run for the position.

"I haven't run out of steam, and I still feel challenged and motivated," Whiddon said.

Whiddon's goals for a third term, if elected, include working on a major upgrade of the county's property tax software and providing electronic recording of public trustee documents.

Whiddon is a 30-year resident of Steamboat Springs. Before she served as treasurer, Whiddon worked for 12 years as a staff member in the county's finance department.

The treasurer works with the collection of property taxes and distributes property taxes to all entities with a mill levy. The Treasurer's Office deals with tax notices and tax sales. The county treasurer also serves as the public trustee, processing contracts involving money and property.

Since she has been in office, Whiddon said, her department has become more efficient and customer-friendly. The office now has automated general ledger and check-writing capabilities. Several processes, such as posting tax payments, have been streamlined, Whiddon said, and the Web site has improved.

Whiddon credits the success of her department to the staff.

"I love my job," Whiddon said. "I have a great staff. I am really grateful for the support they have given me all these years."

-- To reach Dana Strongin, call 871-4229 or e-mail dstrongin@steamboatpilot.com.

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