FRONT ROYAL – Warren County Chief Deputy Treasurer Jamie Spiker hopes to fill her boss Wanda Bryant’s shoes upon her impending retirement.
Spiker, 41, recently became the first candidate to announce for the November treasurer’s election. Bryant recently said she will retire on July 1 after being treasurer for 15 years, despite the fact that her term goes through the year’s end.
Per state law, Spiker will serve as the county’s interim treasurer until the election. A news release from Spiker states that she “looks forward to continuing to serve the residents of Warren County” and “she is humbled to serve as interim treasurer during the remainder” of Bryant’s term.
The release states that Spiker began working in the treasurer’s office in July 2006. Since 2017, she has been the office’s chief deputy, a role that the release states “she takes pride in” by “serving the residents of Warren County each and every day.”
Upon announcing her retirement, Bryant said she is confident that Spiker is qualified to serve as interim treasurer, and that “the citizens of Warren County will continue to be the top priority of the treasurer’s office.”
Spiker said over the phone that her years spent in the office have given her the opportunity to learn every aspect of its operations. She said this knowledge gives her the upper hand in a transition opposed to someone who would run without having been employed in the office.
“It definitely would be hard for an outsider,” she said.
The release states that during her tenure as interim treasurer, Spiker will keep the office’s policies, procedures and codes up to date “while giving the best possible customer service to each person.”
The release states that Spiker is “honored” to have secured the Warren County Republican Committee’s nomination in the race.
Spiker added that if she is elected, she “would definitely want to finish out the career here” as treasurer until retirement.