|Statz, Cagle vie for County Treasurer|
|Written by Chris Lee|
The only contested race in Phillips County on the Nov. 2 ballot is for County Treasurer.
Incumbent Linda Statz will be the Republican candidate and will run against unaffiliated newcomer Shari Cagle.
Statz was elected to the position 20 years ago in 1990. She has seen the office change and grow from her first day in 1991 and has had five deputy treasurers throughout her 20 years.
“I love people, and I love numbers,” Statz said. That’s what drives her to do her best each and every day. “I love the job and hope to continue.”
The incumbent considers herself a conservative county treasurer with the smallest office budget. She is proud to note she has passed every audit and balances to the penny every night.
Good relationships with towns, schools and other taxing entities is important to Statz as county funds are invested locally and safely. Statz also considers herself a team player with other elected officials.
With technology changing rapidly, Statz has been deeply involved with converting the office to full use of computers. She has installed a foreclosure program at no cost to the county, installed eRecording program for less than $200, a one-time fee, and is planning to add a credit card payment system soon.
Other areas where Statz has strived to save money include the outsourcing of tax notices with other counties, shared lodging costs with other county treasurers and most recently saved $6,000 in training costs by learning a new system herself.
The Holyoke native has been very involved within the community throughout the years. She has been a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout leader and den mother, 4-H leader, Business and Professional Women’s Young Career Woman of the Year, Jaycee-Ettes member, room mother for multiple classes, president of PTA and STP, president of Music Parents’ Association, registrar for community blood bank, treasurer of Holyoke School District Re-1J, treasurer of museum and Phillips County Historical Society and teacher for NJC genealogy and crafts.
Other involvement includes treasurer of Holyoke Guys and Dolls square dance club, recordkeeper for both F&H men’s golf league and Haxtun gun club, Sedgwick County fair judge for 4-H, president of Frenchman Valley Riders motorcycle club and a Relay for Life volunteer.
Currently Statz serves as treasurer of Phillips County Arts Council and Colorado County Treasurers Association-Eastern Division, both for 18 years.
“At one time I carried eight checkbooks in my purse,” Statz noted.
She has an associate’s degree in business from NJC, is a certified county treasurer and has 20 years of training as county treasurer and public trustee.
Statz and her late husband Ralph have three children. Ralph Jr. (Chip) lives in Colorado Springs, Robyn and her husband have two children and live in North Carolina, and Ralyn and her two children live in Berthoud.
Cagle announced her candidacy in February and is looking forward to the opportunity to serve Phillips County as treasurer.
She is intrigued and feels confident she would fit the position well. “It looks exciting,” Cagle said.
Cagle and family moved to Holyoke in 2002 from Aurora, and she currently serves as the dairy department head at Holyoke Marketplace.
“I feel the office needs a fresh face and new beginning,” Cagle said with regard to the treasurer’s office. “It’s time for a change.”
Although Cagle doesn’t have much treasurer experience, she has 15 years of banking experience under her belt and believes that would help her transition into the position. She served as supervisor at both Commerce Bank and First National Bank of Strasburg.
Cagle also served five years as an officer for the Adams County Sheriff’s office. She feels her time there really helped her become more patient with people.
The campaign trail has gone well, according to Cagle. She has heard a lot of positive things from the people she has spoken with.
Cagle said her husband Rod is, and has been, “super supportive.” When Cagle’s mother became ill and passed away recently, she thought about removing her name from consideration, but Rod told her not to.
Cagle grew up in Strasburg where she graduated from high school. She has held a variety of jobs, giving her the opportunity to visit with the public—something she really enjoys. “People make me go to work,” she noted. Any bad day turns into a good day when visiting with people at work, she said.
Cagle has three children: son Chris; daughter Mallory Smith and husband Lee have two children, Kylee and Brody; and daughter Brittany Lueth and husband Broc have a son, Auron.
Other county offices up for election
Uncontested races in Phillips County include Joe Kinnie for Commissioner, District 1; Beth Cumming for Clerk and Recorder; Doug Kamery for Assessor; and Rob Urbach for Sheriff.
Cumming, Kamery and Urbach are incumbents, while Kinnie is seeking the office currently held by Susan Roll-Walters, who chose not to seek re-election.