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Meet the Lawrence County Treasurer candidates

Oct. 25, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Democrat incumbent Stephen Dale Burcham is challenged by Republican Jerry Rowe.

Stephen Dale Burcham

PARTY: Democrat

CITY: Proctorville, Ohio

AGE: 55

EDUCATION: Ohio State University -- Bachelor of Science in Accounting; Fairland High School.

CURRENT OFFICE: Treasurer -- first elected in 2004.

WORK HISTORY: Certified Public Accountant since 1984. Investment securities licensed since 1997.

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: New Hope United Methodist Church, Ironton Rotary, Chesapeake/Proctorville Lions Club, Lawrence County Farm Bureau, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.

FAMILY: Debbie Burcham -- wife -- 35 years; Jodi, Evan & Isla Hall, daughter, son-in-law & granddaughter; Jessica, Jared, Thomas & Ella Fox, daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren; Dale & Betty Burcham, parents.

QUESTION: What is the most important responsibility of the county treasurer's office?

Safeguard taxpayers money. When I took office in 2004, the accounting system was obsolete. New systems providing appropriate checks and balances were established, bank accounts were reconciled daily, and installation of security cameras. Additionally, those funds must be properly posted to the taxpayers account. All personnel now receive ongoing training.

Jerry Rowe

PARTY: Republican

CITY: Ironton, Ohio

AGE: 41

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Ohio University.

CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION (INCLUDE SPECIFIC YEARS SERVED): Co-owner, G & P Meals & Transportation

OTHER WORK HISTORY: Engineer, Engineering Manager, Production Manager, Manufacturing Manager, Plant Manager: 2006 -- January, 2012 -- most recently for the largest employer in Lawrence County. I decided to make a career change to get involved in county government. Military veteran.

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Lions Club, Boys and Girls Club, Little League Football Board Member, Former School Board Member, Former Board Member of Tri-State Industries, Former Board Member of Bellefonte Health Foundation.

FAMILY: Wife: Renee, Three Children.

QUESTION: What is the most important responsibility of the county treasurer's office?

The Treasurer's office is responsible for collecting property taxes and investing taxpayer money in the most secure and fiscally responsible manner. The majority of property tax collections are allocated to the city and county school systems. The current delinquent amount is $7.4 million, an increase of $330,000 over last year.

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