Journal of the San Juan Islands


Sears won't seek reelection | Election 2014

February 5, 2014 · Updated 5:07 PM

Jan Sears / Contributed photo/SJC

San Juan County Treasurer Jan Sears will take a seat on the sidelines in the upcoming election season.

The two-term incumbent said late last week that she will not be seeking reelection. Her term in office ends Dec. 31.

"My husband has been retired for three years and I'm ready to go," Sears said. "I've got 324 days left until the end of my term, but who's counting?"

Sears and her husband, Bud, former facilities manager for the county Department of Public Works, moved to San Juan Island in 1974.

A 22-year county employee, Sears was first elected to the treasurer position in 2006 and ran opposed in the 2010 election. She was chief deputy in the treasurer's office for 12 years before taking over management of the department following the retirement of former treasurer Kathy Turnbull.

San Juan Island's Rhonda Pederson, chief accountant of the auditor's office, announced last week her candidacy for county treasurer. It's Pederson's first-ever bid for public office.

A non-partisan elected position, the treasurer is custodian of all monies collected by and received on behalf of the county, and the junior taxing districts and public school districts. Duties of the treasurer include tracking and oversight of county financial investments, preparation of excise tax affidavits in property sales and transfers, and preparing and sending out annual property tax statements.

The treasurer supervises 2 1/2 full-time employees and receives an annual salary of $75,000, benefits included.

— Scott Rasmussen



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