Election March 2016: Linda S. Bolon

Linda S. Bolon is running for Columbiana County Tresurer.

Election March 2016: Linda S. Bolon

Name: Linda S. Bolon
City of Residence: Columbiana
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office Desired: Columbiana County Tresurer

Why should you be elected
The County Treasurer plays an important role in the lives of Columbiana County residents. The Treasurer has traditionally served as the local tax collector but as tighter budgets and increasing demands have been placed on local government the position of County Treasurer has evolved into an important occupation.

Today’s Treasurer serves as the county’s Chief Investment and Fiscal Officer, managing a portfolio of $56 million and overseeing the accounting of over $200 million in transactions, annually.

Linda Bolon has the experience needed to successfully manage the operations within the Treasurer’s office, having served in the governmental accounting positions for over 30 years and in the position of Treasurer for over a decade. She has updated and streamlined office procedures, and purchased new equipment for the processing of taxes that provides greater accuracy and timely distribution of revenue to local governments. She developed a new tax bill so that taxpayers can see where their money is going and created a web site covering a myriad of frequently asked questions.

While serving in the Ohio House Mrs. Bolon sponsored a bill allowing counties the opportunity to implement tax lien sales. Upon her return to the Treasurer’s office she developed an aggressive delinquent tax collection process and also implemented the tax lien sale program. Her efforts have provided extra funding to local governments and have dramatically cut the county’s delinquent rate by nearly half.

Top three priorities
1) Continue to work on the delinquency rate
2) On line bill pay
3) Continued work on policies/procedures

Linda S. Bolon served the people of Columbiana County for six years as County Treasurer and for four years as State Representative in the 127th and 128th General Assemblies. She is currently serving another four year term as the Columbiana County Treasurer and is seeking re-election in the fall.

Mrs. Bolon is a graduate of East Palestine High School where she was inducted into the East Palestine High School Hall of Fame. She is a graduate of Columbus University, where she majored in secretarial sciences and business administration. She attended Kent State University majoring in accounting and has received continuing education from the Ohio State University, the Ohio Auditor of State and the Ohio Treasurer of State. She is a former Certified Fraud Examiner with the National Association of Fraud Examiners and a former Certified Government Financial Manager with the Association of Government Accountants (AGA).

Her eight years of experience in private industry working for a private CPA firm and steel industry supplier proved helpful in applying strong business practices as she defined her career in public service. She served as Treasurer for East Palestine City Schools and Edison Local Schools, and also as Fiscal Officer for the Columbiana Public Library.

The call to statewide service led her to a 14 year career as an Auditor and Audit Manager for the Ohio Auditor of State. While there she gained governmental knowledge auditing counties, townships cities, villages, schools, libraries, hospitals and universities. She also conducted financial forecasts for schools facing fiscal emergency and then moved on to fraud auditing and investigations where she worked with law enforcement officials and the FBI, receiving commendations for her investigative work.

She was elected to two terms on East Palestine City Council. Bolon was then appointed to the position of Columbiana County Treasurer in 1999 where voters elected her to two additional terms. She was later elected to the position of State Representative where she completed two terms.

Former Representative Bolon served as a member of the Ohio House Leadership team as the Assistant Majority Whip. She was elected by the members of the House and was responsible for monitoring legislation and securing votes for legislation introduced on the floor.

While serving in the House, Mrs. Bolon was appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve as:
* Vice Chairman of the Finance and Appropriations Committee
* Chairman of the Health and Human Services Sub-Committee
* Chairman of Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee

Additionally, she served as a member of the following boards and committees:
* Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
* Transportation and Justice Committee
* Criminal Justice Committee
* Ways and Means Committee
* Healthcare Access and Affordability Committee
* Alternative Energy Committee
* Joint Legislative Ethics Committee
* Ohio Hospital Advisory Board
* Ohio Unemployment Compensation Board

During the 128th General Assembly Representative Bolon was the primary sponsor of seven bills and a joint primary sponsor of House Bill 414 which provided the enabling language for the Constitutional Amendment establishing a Livestock Care Standards Board. She received the “Friend Of Farming” award from the Ohio Farm Bureau in 2008 and 2010 for her work and support of Ohio agricultural issues.

Mrs. Bolon was named “Legislator of the Year”, receiving awards from the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities and the Ohio Alliance of Recovery Providers.

Tom and Linda Bolon have been married for 48 years and are lifelong residents of Columbiana County. They have two daughters and two granddaughters.

Mrs. Bolon serves on the boards or is a member of various community organizations. She is an associate member of the County Township Association and the Columbiana County Farm Bureau. She also represents the county as a member of the Ohio County Treasurer’s Association.

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