Shawn Hamerlinck

Clinton County Treasurer

I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve as a Clinton County Supervisor over the past four years.  It has truly been a job I love. 

Over the past few months I have been pondering what is best for the county and how I can make sure those goals are met.  In one of the toughest decisions I have ever made; I do not intend to run again for Supervisor.  I still have a goal I hope to finish and I am asking for the public’s permission to be Treasurer.  

I said in the last election we needed to utilize the satellite office and “Open DeWitt.”  As a Supervisor there are limitations to do so.  My predecessors on the Board of Supervisors spent a lot of time and money on the satellite building which often sits half empty.  We are the second largest geographical county in the state of Iowa, yet you can only access your satellite building’s full services one day a week.

This is not acceptable.  The answer is not more money. The solution is found in willingness and management.  The Treasurer’s Office in DeWitt should be open five days a week.  We currently have the capability to accomplish this goal.

County population and number of  Treasurer employees in comparable sized counties:   

Muscatine County-- Population 43,011                 ------    6 plus Treasurer

Cerro Gordo County--  Population 43,017             ------    7 plus Treasurer

Warren County--  Population 48,626                      -----      8.5 plus Treasurer

Clinton County---   Population 47,768                     -----      12 plus Treasurer

Please look at how much you spent on the Satellite Building as a taxpayer to watch it sit nearly empty four days a week!  We should be able to offer full county services out of the DeWitt Satellite Building.  When we open DeWitt our goal should not be limited to the services offered solely by the Treasurer but a collaboration between what all county elected offices and departments can jointly offer to the public.  

Simultaneously, the role of the Treasurer must evolve. When establishing budget targets, levy rates, bond administration, general fund management, state legislative impact, economic development decisions, and the fiscal health of the county the Treasurer must be an active participant in the decision making process.  

It is very humbling and difficult to not run for Supervisor again.  Making sure the county in a competitive position moving forward is a goal and I believe allowing me to evolve the Treasurer position and “Open DeWitt” is the solution.  I ask for the opportunity to show this can be done.  I am asking you for a small donation of $10-$20 to help me promote the idea of “Opening DeWitt.”  With a sign or an advertisement, we must demand the building is open to DeWitt taxpayers.

Thank you for any assistance!

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