FRONT ROYAL – After 15 years on the job, Warren County Treasurer Wanda Bryant recently announced her intentions to retire before her term comes to an end.
A news release states that Bryant’s retirement will become effective July 1 while her term expires at the end of the year. Per state law, the release states that Jamie Spiker, chief deputy treasurer, will become interim treasurer until the November 2019 election.
Bryant is leaving the office where she has worked for 35 years, which included time as an employee before winning her first election in 2003. Bryant stated in the release that “it is simply time to enjoy the next chapter of life and I look forward to time spent with family and friends.”
“It has been my privilege to serve the community as treasurer. I can think of no better place to live, work, or visit than right here at home,” she said.
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.”
Bryant noted that her main priority as treasurer was collecting taxes and that she instituted a twice-a-year billing system that “has been very successful.”
“The percentage of levy collected has been significant, even during tough economic times. Collection of delinquent taxes is vital to the community because we all share in bearing the burden if they remain unpaid,” she said.
Treasurer office employees – Spiker, Allison Ross, Mary Ann Lang, Lisa Hammond, Keri Kelly and Sherri Totten – wrote a joint letter of appreciation thanking Bryant for her leadership and guidance.
The letter states that Bryant instilled many of her values into the employees, most notably teaching them to “serve every taxpayer with the best possible service in a respectful, caring and knowledgeable way.”
The letter adds that Bryant “has not only done an amazing job in our office but also for the citizens of Warren County that she has so faithfully served for almost 35 years.”
“We love you and we will miss you. May your retirement bring you all of God’s blessing that you so richly deserve,” the letter states.
Bryant returned the thanks to the employees and said: “I am very fortunate to have an extremely dedicated staff who works diligently to serve the community.”
She added that she is confident the office is being left in great hands with Spiker and “Warren County will continue to be the top priority of the treasurer’s office.”