Connellsville councilman joins race for Fayette County treasurer
Connellsville Councilman Brad W. Geyer is seeking the Democratic nomination for Fayette County treasurer.
Incumbent Treasurer Robert Danko will retire in December, when his term expires.
Geyer said he is running for the four-year post because he believes he has the experience necessary to manage the office.
“When I looked at the other candidates that had announced, I didn't see the qualities I want in a county treasurer,” Geyer said. “I believe I have those qualities, and I have the experience that matters.”
If elected, Geyer said, he would modernize the treasurer's office, ensuring it has the most up-to-date technology.
“This will help the office run as efficiently and effectively as possible,” Geyer said. “This includes new computers, and the most current software for the staff.”
He said that in addition to collecting taxes and issuing hunting, fishing and dog licenses, the office is responsible for handling proceeds from a hotel tax used to fund county tourism grants. He said he wants a system put in place to track that money.
“I want to make sure we are collecting everything we are owed,” Geyer said of the hotel tax. “This would require setting up methods to certify the revenue reported.”
Geyer said his 10 years on City Council have given him the experience and work ethic required to handle the treasurer's duties. He has developed strong working relationships with other elected officials at the local, state and federal levels, he said.
He cited a number of Connellsville projects on which he has worked, including securing the Widewater's Development at Martin's Plaza; implementing the use of state purchasing programs and utility suppliers to save money; introducing the LERTA ordinance; assisting with the creation of a zoning ordinance; managing city pension funds; participating in contract negotiations; selling city property; and guiding the city through financial difficulties.
Geyer said he helped organize “G Conferences,” which brought together officials from several municipalities in Fayette and Westmoreland counties to discuss various issues and develop intergovernmental cooperation.
A 2004 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, Geyer studied political science. He is a grant supervisor with the Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette.
His community activities include involvement with The Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale, where he is president of the board of directors.
Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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