David Rickert, the Republican incumbent in the race for Kane County Treasurer, hopes to continue his service to the county after the Nov. 2 election.
Family:Â Married, three children
Education, employment, and political background: Certified Public Accountant, current Kane County Treasurer, former senior auditor for a Fortune 500 company, served in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve; Masters degree in Accounting from Roosevelt University; Bachelors degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University; member of the Illinois County Treasurerâ€™s Association (ICTA), voted 2009 County Treasurer of the Year by the ICTA
Community involvement: Former soccer coach, Elgin Parks and Recreation served as election judge, elected precinct committeeman
David Rickert said his decision to run for the Kane County Treasurerâ€™s Office was based on a simple fact.
â€œI enjoy serving the citizens of Kane County,â€ he said. â€œMy goals have consistently focused on ensuring the safety and security of public funds while trying to maximize return on investment.â€
With his background, Rickert said he is able to take a hands-on approach to monitoring the officeâ€™s investments, tax process and financial accounting. He plans to focus his next term on promoting teamwork within the county.
â€œSome of the most beneficial initiatives that Iâ€™ve undertaken to date have been joint efforts to increase efficiency,â€ he said. â€œFor example, a unified tax system that integrates the tax information from the Clerk, Supervisor of Assessments, and Treasurerâ€™s Offices was implemented.Â This has reduced expenses and streamlined the process between the three offices.â€
He said that another successful effort in working with the same group was the Quick Guide to Property Taxes, which provided information on all aspects of property taxes to help inform citizens. There will now be an insert to each tax bill that will also provide useful property tax information.
â€œInterdepartmental cooperation with the Clerk and Supervisor of Assessments has proven beneficial to the taxpayers,â€ Rickert said. â€œExpanding these educational efforts and keeping the information current will be an initiative that I will continue during the next term.â€
In addition, Rickert said he plans to encourage further transparency in government. With the state legislature enacting additional Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) rules for responding to public requests for information, Rickert plans to go beyond those rules by providing the information up front and online for the public to examine without needing to file a FOIA request first.
â€œProviding as much information to the public via the web is a high priority,â€ he said.
Rickert said the formula for success in his office is easy to follow.
â€œBe honest, work hard and lead by example,â€ he said.
The candidate did not respond to the Elburn Heraldâ€™s phone calls.