About Your Treasurer...

About Your Treasurer...

Throughout his career, Andy Meisner has served the families of Oakland County at the federal, state, and local levels, presently as Oakland County Treasurer, a position he has held since 2009. As Treasurer, Andy focuses on preserving property values, preventing mortgage and tax foreclosures, and prudent stewardship and investment of Oakland County taxpayer dollars.

Prior to his service as Treasurer, Andy served three terms as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives. As a State Representative, Andy became known as for his work on legislation bringing the motion picture industry to Michigan, advancing stem cell research, and reforming the public mental health system. He Chaired the House Commerce Committee and shepherded the indoor smoking ban through the legislature, among other things. Andy also served in Washington, D.C. both as a Congressional Aide and vice-president of a national non-profit promoting community-based substance abuse prevention.

Andy earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Andy has earned the professional credential of Certified Public Finance Administrator (CPFA) through The Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada. He sits on the boards of several area non-profits including Oakland County Habitat for Humanity and Orchards Children’s Services.

Andy and his wife Sara live in Huntington Woods with their two sons.

 

About the Role of the Treasurer's Office:

The County Treasurer is an office created by the Michigan Constitution to serve as banker of a county. The functions of the Office of the Treasurer are authorized and governed by the Michigan Constitution, Michigan statutes, administrative regulations and the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.

As the banker for the county, the Oakland County Treasurer is the custodian of all county funds and collector and distributor of all revenues. As revenues come into the Treasurer's Office from many different local, state and federal sources, the Treasurer disburses those dollars in a timely fashion to ensure the efficient administration of county government. These disbursements include paychecks for county employees, funding for road projects and other county functions.

Under state law, the County Treasurer is authorized to invest excess revenues on a short-term basis. The Oakland County Treasurer employs a conservative investment strategy focusing first on safety and capital preservation, then liquidity considerations and, finally, yield. Using these prudent investment practices, Oakland County's investment portfolio consistently and significantly outperforms the short-term U.S. Treasury T-Bill.

The Oakland County Treasurer also acts as a service provider for other county departments, as well as local cities, villages and townships in the areas of investment of public funds, collection of personal property taxes and other collaborative strategies.

When Oakland County experienced a mortgage foreclosure crisis affecting residential and commercial real estate and dramatic increases in the number of tax foreclosed properties, the Oakland County Treasurer worked to protect property values and prevent the harmful effects of foreclosure. The Office of the Treasurer also is committed to serving as a key resource for Oakland County residents experiencing problems with foreclosure, job loss or financial literacy issues.

Most importantly, the Oakland County Treasurer's Office is committed to serving taxpayers with respect, dignity and a renewed commitment to customer service and innovative problem-solving. 

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