As the Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune points out, Marguerite Bernard has been Seneca County Treasurer since 1979. In a county position that usually doesn’t get spotlighted, incumbency has its advantages, and Marguerite Bernard has enjoyed those advantages for many, many years.
But all is not well in the Seneca County Treasurer’s office. I’ve blogged about the problems before, noting the copious and merited attention the Advertiser-Tribune has given to imbalanced county checking accounts.
Her opponent for the Treasurer’s office in the upcoming election is Damon Alt. Casting a vote for Alt is not just a protest vote. Casting a vote for Alt is not just a referendum on Bernard. Alt is a superior candidate for the Treasurer’s office.
Damon Alt is both a C.P.A. and a lawyer. This is a time when the Seneca County Treasurer needs to be a person who makes sure that all the “i”s are dotted and all the “t”s are crossed. Alt will restore accountability to the Treasurer’s office, making sure all jots and tittles are in their proper places.
The county checkbook imbalances were not caused by embezzlement or misallocation of funds. They were caused by inattention to detail. Bernard did not match bank statements against her own paperwork. Had the bank errors been caught right away, tracking them down would have been easy. But since months and months and months passed, tracking down the bank errors has been time-consuming and difficult to nail down.
Perhaps, in addition to voting for Alt, Seneca County should also shop around for a new bank.