Vote Down Treasurer Change
To the Editor:
I am writing this letter to inform Oxford County’s citizens about your upcoming election this June to change your county’s operations. This June, you will be asked to change the County Treasurer from serving the people of your county to serving at the pleasure of the County Commissioners. I urge you to reject this change in your operations.
As County Treasurer of Waldo County, I know how important it is that the Treasurer’s Office should be kept independent from pressures and influence of County Commissioners. I’ve testified before the Legislature that as elected officers we should report to the commissioners exactly what we think on any subject, not what we think they want to hear. Now we are responsible to you, the people. With this change the County Treasurer will be responsible only to their employers, the County Commissioners.
Your County Treasurer, Roy Gedat, is not only very well qualified, but is working only for the people of Oxford County. Obtaining this office in the mid-term is hard enough without the added stress of internal political pressure. In Knox County their County Treasurer was dismissed after 12 years of service as an elected position when they changed their charter, only because of her politics. Do not devalue your right to vote for these officers only because your County Commissioners want to concentrate their power. Vote Down This Change!
David A. Parkman
Waldo County Treasurer