20 years as Pima County Treasurer
Past President of the Arizona Association of County Treasurers
Member of the Arizona State Treasurer's Investment Advisory Board
Certified Public Accountant
Member Government Finance Officers Association
Member Arizona Government Accountants
Member National Tax Lien Association
Returned over $5M in budget
Decreased staffing from 46FTE to 29.5 FTE
95% of payments processed through automation
Beth Ford is currently serving her fifth term as Pima County Treasurer. She first took office in January 2001. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona with a major in Accounting. In 1988 Beth became a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of the Government Finance Officer's Association and the Arizona Association of Governmental Accountants. Beth has served three terms as President of the Arizona Association of County Treasurers, three terms as Vice-President of the Arizona Association of County Treasurers and also served as their legislative liaison. She also is a member of the Arizona State Treasurer’s Investment Advisory Board. Beth received the Special Recognition and Appreciation Award by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department for outstanding support of the Sheriff’s Department and contribution to public safety in Pima County in 2003 and 2011.
Some of Beth's accomplishments as Pima County Treasurer include increased operating efficiencies and effectiveness from successful relationships with other Pima County agencies and has improved procedural changes through automation improvements. She developed an investment program, consistently generating additional income for Pima County’s political subdivisions that would have otherwise been raised through taxes.
Beth is a firm believer in the power of automation and guides and facilitates in-house software development for the accounting and tax payment functions. Tax payment and distribution of tax revenues to Pima County’s political subdivisions is done in a timely manner. She has been instrumental in offering “Transparency in Government” as she guides the office into an on-line banking service environment for Pima County agencies. As a result of those improvements, she has reduced operating costs, while expanding services.
ABOUT THE OFFICE
The Pima County Treasurer's Office is the tax collector for the 96 political subdivisions in Pima County. It also provides banking services to the political subdivisions. It accepts their deposits, clears their checks, invests their funds and provides short-term loans. Approximately $3 billion flows through the office annually.
The duties of the office are defined in Arizona Revised Statutes. The county treasurer is mentioned in all but two of the 48 titles of the Arizona Revised Statutes. Some of the other duties include custodian of the voted ballots, custodian of excess proceeds from trustee sales and authorizes the Board of Supervisors claims against the county.
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