Picturesque Kerrville was the site of the 2012 New Treasurers Orientation (NTO) this past November. The County Treasurers Association of Texas (CTAT) proactively filled the need to assist 17 treasurers who have already replaced, or are replacing, retiring and other outgoing officials. Glasscock County Treasurer Alan Dierschke, the NTO Committee chair, welcomed the group and, along with CTAT and Texas Association of County speakers, led the new treasurers through a full agenda, professionally prepared by certified county treasurers. The attendees learned about accounts receivables and payables, bank requisitions, timekeeping and FSLA recordkeeping requirements, ethics and Public Funds Investment Act compliance, along with other topics.
2012-13 CTAT President Dolores Ortega Carter also addressed the new officials to help them better understand what CTAT is and does for each treasurer. “The New Treasurers Orientation was very well attended by most of the new treasurers who had taken office in the past year. The NTO received the highest evaluations for presentation of the procedures that are statutorily required of all county treasurers. The new treasurers were excited that their attendance and participation fulfilled the legal requirements of Local Government Code 83.003 for compliance,” she said.
The professional and informative curriculum was enhanced with informal peer discussions and an overview of the CTAT Resource Guide, which is available online. Dierschke stated the goal of the NTO was to ensure the new treasurers aren’t overwhelmed as they begin their official duties in January and to learn CTAT is available at any time to assist all county treasurers. Visit CTAT’s official website for resources and information.