By: Mark Mercer – THE VILLAGE REPORTER
Fulton County Treasurer Bev Schlosser is set to retire on November 30, after 28 years of service in the Treasurer’s Office. Bev began her service in Fulton County as the Deputy Treasurer in December of 1985, and served in that capacity until she was appointed to her current position in September of 2003. Bev was appointed by the Republican Central Committee following the retirement of Dennis Hale from the Treasurer’s position. Bev then had to run for election soon after her appointment in March 2004, and has then been re-elected to the Treasurer’s Office an additional 2 terms.
Bev’s duties during her three terms in office include the collection of all real estate property tax, manufactured home tax, personal property tax, and estate tax. In addition, all monies collected throughout the various county departments are processed through the Treasurer’s Office. The fees for vendors and cigarette licenses are also collected in the treasurer’s office. Bev has also managed and been responsible for the County Investment Portfolio, which is made up of several investments that total approximately $35 million. It is the Treasurer’s responsibility to ensure that all public funds are invested with absolute safety and security.
Bev stated that “her time in the office has been interesting and challenging, but as a people person, it has been a very enjoyable time in office.” One of the unique changes Bev witnessed during her service to the county was the transition from the pre-computer age to the computer age. Bev also stated “the amount of money the office has managed has grown tremendously since I first began, going from $12 million dollars in 1985 to over $65 million today, the tax base in the county has expanded significantly over the past 28 years.”
In addition to Bev’s retirement, her longtime friend and co-worker Pam Yoder, Chief Deputy Treasurer, will also be stepping aside and retiring after 33 years of service to the county. Bev’s replacement, since her retirement comes in the middle of her term, will be appointed by the Republican Central Committee 5 days after her retirement.
Bev’s plans for the future include spending time with her mother, Lorna Hausch (88) and she plans to do some traveling, spending time with her two son’s Wes and Jacob, who reside in Georgia.
Mark Mercer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org