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Douglas County Treasurer

Douglas County Treasurer

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    Adam Rains

Biographical Information

How are you qualified for this position?

What are your top three priorities and why?

What do you do yourself individually to learn and grow within the topic of racial injustice? How do you recondition your own bias against women and people of color?

Personal Biography I am a Kansas native, I grew up in Southwest Kansas in a small town called Lakin. I have three siblings - two brothers and a sister. We love to get together and have fun. I migrated to eastern Kansas in 2013 and settled in Douglas County in 2016. I'm happy to call Douglas County my home and look forward to raising a family here. I am a proud father to a daughter who was born in March of 2020. I enjoy playing basketball, racquetball. and biking along Douglas County's many trails.
Campaign Address Lawrence, KS
Campaign Phone (785) 477-1727
Education - Masters in Public Administration from University of Kansas - Bachelors in Leadership and Management from Ottawa University - Certified Public Manager from University of Kansas - Level 2 Certification from Kansas County Treasurer's Association
Community/Public Service 2011 - 2013 - Kearny County Treasurer's Office 2013 - Present - Douglas County Treasurer's Office 2014 - Volunteer at Johnson County Community Garden 2015 - Present - Precinct 12 Committeeman
I have nine years’ experience working for the county treasurer’s office, 7 years in Douglas County. I've held varying positions including front line clerk & now am Deputy Treasurer. My current role has given me the unique opportunity to utilize my experience-based knowledge in decision-making related to personnel, policy & office procedures.

Working alongside the Treasurer has afforded me experience & insight into the responsibilities entrusted to a Treasurer. Since my appointment as Deputy, I have actively pursued an education to better suit myself to assume the role of County Treasurer. I have earned a BA in Leadership & Management as well as my MA in Public Administration & have completed The Emerging Leaders Academy & The Certified Public Manager’s programs. I am a member of the KS Government Finance Officers Assn. & hold a Level 2 Certification from KS County Treasurer’s Assn.

These qualifications & experiences are important contributions to my suitability for the position.
1. ACCESSIBILITY - Ensure services are accessible & inclusive - Make information easily available to taxpayers via website, in office & by phone

2. TECHNOLOGY - Utilize technology effectively & reduce time taxpayers spend in our offices - Communicate through text-based messaging & email notifications

3. SECURITY - Emphasize physical safety of customers & employees during COVID-19 Pandemic - Ensure proper barriers are in place to protect taxpayer information & ensure future partners are committed to the public's trust
As a Hispanic male, I have experienced biases firsthand. I believe that recognizing that racial injustices exist is the first step to personal growth within the topic. I think that sometimes we distance ourselves from injustices that occurred to/by our predecessors because they happened before our lifetimes- but the reality is that these stories continue to reflect the lived experience for many minorities today. Realizing this and reflecting on how society talks about, treats, and unfortunately, discriminates, against women and people of color is a significant part of working to overcome the injustice.

Taking the time to listen and understand the disenfranchised perspective is the most meaningful way I personally can continue to improve and advocate for change.