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February 8, 2014

Q&A: Navarro County Treasurer candidates

In the March 4 Republican Primary election for Navarro County Treasurer, incumbent Frank Hull is being challenged by Ryan Douglas. The candidates respond to questions submitted by the Daily Sun. They appear in ballot order.

Frank Hull

Frank Hull, 65

Navarro County Treasurer (incumbent)

Corsicana resident

Relevant work experience: Forty years expertise in private and corporate business, managing millions of dollars.

Community service: Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Warehouse Living Arts Center board member, past Navarro College adjunct instructor, founder of a creative arts scholarship fund.

Prior political experience: Formerly on Corsicana City Council, former Navarro County Republican Party chairman, delegate to Republican State Convention, currently county treasurer.

What’s the most important part of the job you’re seeking? Safeguarding the taxpayers’ money.

What makes you the best candidate for the job? I am the county treasurer with a proven track record of success and was nominated “County Treasurer of the Year” in 2013. I have the maturity, master’s degree in business and experience to ensure all aspects of the office are being done.

Are there aspects of the job you would like to see changed? The core functions of the treasurer’s office as outlined by the state constitution are being done in a professional and accurate manner by the treasurer’s office. The greatest opportunity for Navarro County is getting a professional approach to personnel management. This is one of the non-core “extra” functions that can fall under the treasurer’s office, but if the treasurer’s office is to do this professionally the office will need proper funding for administration and training.

Why are you running? As a public servant, it is my desire to use my education, skills and experience to help make Navarro County a better place to live and work. If I am honored to be re-elected as your county treasurer, there will not be a learning curve to perform the duties. The office will build on the success we have achieved to make the Navarro County Treasurer’s Office one of the best in the state of Texas.
I am not running to have a job. Ensuring the taxpayers’ money is safe and wisely used is my way of doing this.

Ryan Douglas

Ryan Thompson Douglas, 30

Position sought: Navarro County Treasurer

Relevant Work Experience: Ten years of experience in the accounting field. I have worked for several local CPAs. My job duties included payroll processing, tax return preparation, bank account reconciliations, and assistance on audits of local governments, school districts, and nonprofit agencies. I currently own my own bookkeeping service performing many of the same functions. I also work part-time in the Treasurer’s office and work with Corsicana Chamber of Commerce assisting in the bookkeeping.

Community Service: I currently am not a member of any civic or community clubs. As a young adult, it is my desire to get involved and give back to the community.  

Prior Political Experience: This is my first attempt at running for a political office. I feel that I have a big name to live up to in my grandfather Kenneth A. “Buck” Douglas, who was a well-respected county and District Judge.

What is the most important part of the job you’re seeking? Since the county treasurer is the chief custodian of all county funds, it is his or her responsibility to receive all monies received by the county and place it in the proper depository. It is also the responsibility of the county treasurer to appropriately disburse funds as directed by the commissioners’ court. The citizens of Navarro County deserve to be assured their money is adequately controlled and accounted for.

What makes you the best candidate for the job? I can make good use of my accounting degree. My education and work background have prepared me for the position. My skills coincide with the duties of the office. I will be a hardworking, full-time treasurer. I will never be described as being chronically absent. In the short time I’ve worked in the Treasurer’s office, I have brought my experience to reconciling bank accounts, posting income to the general ledger and human resource functions. I have excellent people skills and have developed a great working relationship with many employees of the county, which is a must for the position.

Are there aspects of the job you would like to see changed? I believe that with a treasurer that is willing and able to learn all aspects of the office, it could be a smooth running machine. I believe the citizens of Navarro County should have a treasurer that is willing to put in the effort to learn everything that is done in the office, instead of relying on the staff to get the job done. The employees of Navarro County also deserve a treasurer with good communication skills.

Why are you running? With my skills and education, I will be a good asset to Navarro County. If elected, I will put 100 percent into learning all functions of the job. I will be hands on when it comes to all aspects of the office. I enjoy working with the county and would like to see my skills put to more use there.

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