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Sandoval County Treasurer

The County Treasurer is responsible for collecting property taxes in the county and distributing them to different government agencies. The Treasurer is also responsible for the supervision and investment of funds. Elected for a four-year term with no more than two terms in succession.

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    Richard Shanks
    (Rep)

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    Jennifer A Taylor
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What abilities do you have that qualify you for this office?

What is your top priority, and how do you plan to address it?

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What are the biggest challenges in the County Treasurer’s office?

Should the County Treasurer position continue to be an elected position? Why or why not?

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Campaign Phone 505-896-8968
Occupation Sandoval County Treasurer
I have worked in the Sandoval County Treasurer's Office for almost seven years. I started off as the Administrative Assistant and was appointed Chief Deputy Treasurer in February 2019. I was then elected County Treasurer in 2020 and have served in that role since January 2021. I have been trained in every area of the office and have successfully managed it. Historic record collection, a record investment portfolio and no audit findings are the tenants of my qualifications for this office.
As Treasurer, my top priority will be fair, consistent, and equitable protection to all Sandoval County Taxpayers, constituents and residents. I will provide 100% transparency when it comes to county money and tax collections by making our reporting available on our website and welcoming anyone who raises questions or concerns about their tax dollars to come into our office. I will ensure that the Treasurer's Office is providing the best customer care to all those who utilize our services.
The formula I have followed and will continue to follow is Safety, Liquidity and then Yield (in that order). It is best practice to ensure that safety is first and foremost to avoid any loss to the county. That is why I work hand in hand with our county Portfolio Manager to monitor trends in the market that may impact how and what we are investing in. We meet on a quarterly basis with the Sandoval County Investment Committee to discuss the County's investment portfolio and request feedback.
The biggest challenge for the County Treasurer's Office is ensuring the proper procedures are being followed at all times. We are bound by State Statute to follow very specific guidelines in how we collect, protect, invest, distribute and report county money. We have a very stringent cash handling policy that is followed to ensure we keep a clean audit record. Another challenge County Treasurer's face is collecting on delinquent accounts before they are turned over to NM Property Tax Division.
That is a very hard question to answer because I believe in the importance of democracy and having the ability to choose who holds an office based on merit and trust of the people. However, this particular office is non-partisan and does not dictate or create policy, other than supporting bills relevant to tax policy. I can honestly say I don't have a yes or no answer to this question because I can see benefits to having it either an elected or a hired/appointed position.