Duane Davidson: Candidate for Washington State Treasurer
Duane Davidson took office as Benton County Treasurer in 2003, and was re-elected in 2014 to his fourth term. He is a Certified Public Accountant and keeps his license current.
He is currently serving his second term as President for the Washington State Association of County Treasurers (WSACT) and previously served as Treasurer for that organization. He has also served on the Audit, Legislative and Website committees as well as being the historian/ archivist for WSACT.
Duane is the past-President for two separate Kiwanis Clubs in the Tri-Cities and currently the Treasurer for the Kiwanis Club of Tri Cities Industry Foundation. He has served as a Church Speaker for Gideon International and as Church Treasurer.
He served as the Chief Financial Accountant for Benton County immediately before his election to County Treasurer. Duane was previously an auditor for the Washington State Auditor’s Office where he served as the Assistant Audit Manager in the Tri-Cities and was also in charge of the Walla Walla regional offices.
Duane was born and raised in Carnation, WA graduating from Tolt High School then started his undergraduate education at Bellevue Community College. After transferring to Central Washington University in Ellensburg he received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He and his wife Kathy, daughters Bailey and Kinzey, and son Luke presently live in the Tri-Cities.
Duane is committed to running an office that is open, accessible and accountable to the taxpayers. His accomplishments as Benton County Treasurer include:
• Clean Audits (No Findings).
• Complete automation of the processing of Property Taxes using scanners and bar coding that has drastically reduced the time needed to process and distribute taxes to the various taxing entities.
• Launched a website that allowed taxpayers to obtain tax information on their property, and make online payments.
• As a member and Chair of the County Finance Committee was successful in obtaining an upgrade of county’s Bond Rating.
• Achieved a “Certificate of Excellence” for our “Report to Our Citizens” from the Association of Government Accountants (AGA).
• Achieved certification for the County’s Debt Policy from the “Association of Public Treasurer’s and Finance Officers.”
• Achieved certification for the County’s Investment Policy.
• Started a Treasurer Investment Pool in 2011. The Benton County Treasurer Investment Pool is a local government money fund which is approximately $300 million. Investments of the County and other public agencies located within the County (Schools, Fire Districts, etc.,) are “pooled together to achieve greater efficiencies and investment returns.
• Issued a comprehensive Cash Handling Policy to strengthen internal controls.
• Developed and issued a detailed Office Policies and Procedures to enhance internal controls over all aspects of the treasurer’s office functions.
• Helped the development of the Benton County Historical Promotional Grants (HPG) Program to promote historical preservation or historic programs within the borders of Benton County in order to increase knowledge, educate, better serve local residents, and better preserve, exhibit, and interpret historical items. He has served as chair of the Grant Review Committee since it was established in 2006.