New County Treasurer to be Sworn In July 1, 2009
Public Date: June 26, 2009
Contact: Andy Meisner
Phone Number: 248-421-2639
Pontiac, Michigan ï¿½ After defeating incumbent County Treasurer Pat Dohany in the November, 2008 General Election, former State Representative Andy Meisner will be publicly sworn in as County Treasurer on July 1 at 12:00 at the Board of Commissioners Auditorium.
"Oakland County is facing a foreclosure crisis that is draining our property values, while putting our communities and property tax revenues at risk," said Meisner. "I am fully prepared to assume office and do everything within my power to protect our property values, prevent foreclosures and to get the county on sound financial footing during such unsettling times."
As County Treasurer, Meisner will act as the banker for the county, receiving, disbursing and investing county funds, administering the property tax system in partnership with local treasurers, and serving on the Retirement Board and its Investment Subcommittee.
Meisner also plans to pursue a number of special projects, including: the creation of a land bank, which acts like an incubator for "sick" or underperforming residential, commercial and industrial real estate parcels, and has been proven effective in Ingham County and Marthaï¿½s Vineyards; a new foreclosure prevention initiative; and, a financial literacy initiative.
"The people of Oakland County need to know that (incumbent Treasurer) Pat Dohany has been an absolute gentleman, giving generously of his time and attention to aid in a smooth and successful transition, which is great for me but even better for our taxpayers," said Meisner.
Meisner will honor 40 years of service by Mr. Dohany and his father, former Oakland County Treasurer C. Hugh Dohany, with the official commemoration of the new "Dohany Conference Room" in the Office of the Treasurer. Meisner's leadership team will include former Chief Deputy County Clerk Jim VanLeuven as Chief Deputy Treasurer, former Lansing Chief of Staff Lauren Borson as Administrative Assistant and Natalie Neph as Investment Administrator, who currently holds that position.