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Elections 2002- Bonner County Clerk

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Rick G. Larkin

by Rick G. Larkin

My name is Rick G. Larkin, Republican Candidate for Clerk of the District Court. I am a 48 year-old Bonner County native with over 27 years of public service. My wife Julie and I have been married for 25 years and have two adult sons seeking degrees in business administration and computer electronics and technology. I have been with Northside Fire District since 1974 and spent 20 years volunteering for Sandpoint Fire District. Julie and I have been actively involved with “Lost in the 50’s” for 14 years. We are now involved in Cedar Hills Church, as greeters, Junior Church teachers and facilitators of a weekly bible study.
    My experience is as follows: Interim Clerk of the District Court during 1990, when appointed to fill the remainder of Cliff Chapin’s term. Assistant manager of local clothing store. Bonner County Deputy Assessor/Appraiser for 14 years, obtaining firsthand knowledge of the different socio-economic areas of this county. Owner/operator of a successful fee appraisal business for three years. Fleet Manager for a local auto dealer for two years, working with county bids. Northside Fire District Commissioner, where I was involved in the budgeting procedures of a taxing district.
    The Clerk’s duties are to provide support staff for the courts as well as handling collection of fines, restitution, and payments toward judgments, liens and small claims. The Auditor is responsible for keeping an eye on expenditures, drawing warrants for payments as required, examining and settling debts to the county and preparation of an annual statement of  the county’s financial condition. As Chief Budget Officer, oversees the budget procedures of all county offices, making certain that spending does not exceed the budget. The Recorder is in charge of the recordation, indexing and storing of documents or copies thereof, which are required to be on record. As Chief Election Officer, oversees the operation of all elections within the county including those of the taxing entities. Other positions include, but are not limited to, overseer of facilities, computer operations, Veteran’s Benefits and County Assistance, and providing support staff for the County Commissioners.
    I have noticed that the morale of county employees has fallen off over the past 12 years, largely due to a lack of synergy between the offices. Through past experience, I found that when all departments work together as much as possible, there is a possibility of savings to the taxpayers. I believe that by giving respect to the employees, and giving credit where credit is due, much of the morale problem will end. Once all the offices are back to working as a team, you will find better service, and a much more efficient courthouse as a whole. It will be a slow process at first, but once trust is restored, and results are seen, I am certain everyone, including taxpayers, will benefit.
    Our county records are in jeopardy. Most of the old maps and documents from the early years of our county, as well as most of the current ones are basically unprotected. The current method of microfilming is antiquated, and due to outsourcing, has become very time delayed and expensive. Many counties in Idaho and throughout the U.S. are using compact discs for record storage, and have public records available on the Internet. I realize this could be costly to take on, but I also know there are ways to do it that would be very reasonable. In fact, I have heard that one method, which was offered to the county at an obscenely low offer, was not even given the courtesy of consideration. This is too important of an operation to be left on the back burner for so many years.
    When elected, I will strive to return a sense of cooperation among the many departments of the county, especially those within the courthouse and the Sheriff’s complex. I will work hand in hand with all other elected officials and department heads, to streamline the budget without hamstringing essential services such as roads and police protection. I will keep an open and concerned ear for people of the county, and take the cause to the proper authority. With the help of God and the citizens of this fair county, I will be a true and faithful servant, providing leadership, guidance, supervision and administration.
    Please vote for Rick G. Larkin, Republican Candidate for Bonner County Clerk of the District Court. Call Rick at (208) 263-9748 to pledge support, and offer help whether it is physical or financial.

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