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February 15, 2014

Candidate Profiles: Navarro County Treasurer

There are two candidates facing off in the March 4 GOP Primary for the office of Navarro County Treasurer - incumbent Frank Hull and challenger Ryan Douglas. Here are profiles of the two candidates, appearing in ballot order.

Frank Hull

Frank Hull isn’t new to politics. He’s been in the Navarro County Republican Party before there was a strong Republican presence in the county, and he’s been on the city council and he ran for county treasurer 20 years ago. He won that seat three years ago, and now is seeking reelection.
“I want to give back to the community that’s been so good to my wife and I,” Hull said. “I’m not looking for a job. I don’t have to work.”
Hull, 65, says that the first year or so in office was a learning curve. The previous county treasurer did a yeoman’s job, working nights and weekends to get all the duties accomplished, Hull said. But it also meant that when she lost the election it left a gaping hole of knowledge and manpower, Hull explained.
“The treasurer was doing all the clerical work and when she left no one knew what was going on,” he said. “But working hard and working smart are two different things. It wasn’t efficient. When you’ve got people working nights to get the job done that’s not helping the county.”
The treasurer’s office not only handles payroll and personnel issues, it also handles a lot of the mail that comes into the courthouse, and the bank accounts for the county, he said. Hull has one assistant treasurer and one part-time worker in addition to himself. He’ll admit he doesn’t know the computer programs, but he knows money, and that’s his forte.
By working with the auditor’s office, Hull said they’ve streamlined the way some accounting practices are done in the treasurer’s office, and it means that any errors can be picked up by the auditor’s staff, and vice versa. Those redundancies help protect the taxpayers’ money, he said.
“County government is not meant for efficiency. It’s meant for accountability,” Hull explained.
He’s also gotten his small staff cross-trained so that if one person is out the office it can still function smoothly, he said.
With 40 years of working experience, primarily in business, and a master’s in business administration, Hull says he’s the best man for the job of treasurer.
“This is enjoyable to me. I feel like I’m contributing to the community. I feel important, and I can use that importance to help the community,” Hull said.
If elected, Hull said this will be his last term. He’ll be 70 in 2018, when the term expires.
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Ryan Douglas

At 30, Ryan Douglas looks younger than he is. He’s worked for a series of accountants, including Evonne Blackwell and Tonja Barnabee, and now is working part-time for the County Treasurer’s office. He works part-time as a bookkeeper, as well.
He’s been with the county treasurer’s office for about a year and a half and he says he’s ready to take over the job of treasurer.
“I see the need to have a working treasurer,” Douglas said. “In the short time I've worked for the county, I think that I can make a difference in that position with my experience and education. I believe I can reduce the part time budget in that office because I am willing to learn all aspects of the position.”
Currently, Douglas is responsible for receiving the money and reconciling accounts for the county, he said. By his reckoning, the office is too small for full-time administrator. All three of the workers in the office need to be capable and willing to do the duties of the office.
Douglas is new to politics, although his name is familiar to those who recall his grandfather, Buck Douglas, former county judge and district judge. Thus far, he said he’s enjoyed the campaign.
“The best part is meeting new people and getting to know everyone in the community,” he said.
Douglas’ accounting degree is from the University of Texas-Arlington. Although he could leave Corsicana and go to a bigger city for a job, he hasn’t really been tempted, he said.
“I’m a small-town guy. My family’s here and family is the most important thing to me,” Douglas said.
The department has been going through some growing pains as they learn a new computer system, but it’s ultimately going to be for the best, Douglas said.
“The most important thing about the office right now is getting the new system implemented,” he said.
If there were any changes he’d like to see in the office, other than whose name is on the door, of course, it’s for more training in the human resources aspect, Douglas said.
“Everyone in the office needs to be well-trained and know how to do the job, and be willing to do the grunt work, so to speak,” Douglas said.
Not married, Douglas said he shares the conservative values of the Republican party, and is a Christian.
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Janet Jacobs may be reached via email at jjacobs@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “soundoff” to this article? Email: Soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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