Sears seeks second term as county treasurer | County Treasurer
May 21, 2010 · Updated 11:28 AM
Jan Sears announced May 17 she is running for a second term as San Juan County treasurer.
Sears, 63, was first elected in November 2006. In that time, she has converted her department to a new accounting system and guided her department through efforts to balance the budget.
The treasurer’s office staffing has been reduced from five to four employees. Sears volunteered this year to take nine unpaid days off, known as furloughs, to help balance the budget.
She said she’s seeking a second term “because there’s so much to be done.”
Sears has worked for the treasurer’s office for 16 years. She previously served as chief deputy treasurer.
The treasurer earns $71,000, and is responsible for accounting and cash management, collection of assessments and taxes, and coordinating bond sales.
The treasurer serves as ex-officio treasurer for junior taxing districts and school districts, and is custodian of all funds for the county, the junior taxing districts and school districts.
The primary election is Aug. 17, the general election is Nov. 2. The top two vote-getters in the primary advance to the general election.
Candidates will begin mailing in their formal candidacy documents Friday; in-person filing is June 7-11.
14 positions on ballot
Islanders will vote on 14 legislative and local positions this year: County assessor, auditor, clerk, prosecutor, sheriff, treasurer; County Council District 2, District 5, and District 6; District Court judge, Superior Court judge; U.S. House of Representatives 2nd District, 40th District state House Position 1, and 40th District state House Position 2.