Manassas residents will head to the polls November 8, 2016, to vote for a new City Treasurer.
 
Current City Treasurer Robin Perkins served in the position for the past 18 years and decided not to seek reelection.
 
Patricia Richie-Folks is the Democrat on the ballot, and Russell T. Harrison is her Republican opponent. 
 
We sent a questionnaire to Richie-Folks and Harrison. Richie-Folks’ responses are below: 

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PL: What are the top three major issues facing Manassas residents?

Richie-Folks: N/A

PL: What concrete solutions do you propose to address these issues?
 
Richie-Folks: I am running for City Treasurer, and there are no issues that I will be addressing if elected. The City Treasurer is a Constitutional Elected Office and follows the rules and regulations of the State of Virginia for the Treasurer and the City of Manassas Charter.
 
PL: From your perspective, what is the job description of the office you’re seeking?

Richie-Folks: I will be responsible for collecting the taxes for the city and making sure that they are deposited in the designated financial institutions. I will also be responsible for operating the city treasurer’s office and managing the staff.

PL: What expertise will you bring to the office?

Richie-Folks:
I have 35 years of experience in finance, accounting, managing over 30 employees, managing multi-million dollar budgets, investing $100,000 for [American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)], owned my own construction company, I also developed procedures to bring delinquent accounts current, and I have received awards for providing excellent customer service. I was promoted to General Manager for a worldwide corporation [Sodexo] where I was responsible for managing the division’s budget of $5 million.
 
PL: Do you feel that the average citizen is well informed and understands the workings of city government? If not, how do you intend on improving communication with your constituency? 
 
Richie-Folks: I feel that the citizens should be well-informed on what is going on in the treasurer’s office. I will improve the communication to our constituency by updating the treasure’s Office web page and always have pertinent information that is current with a FAQ section that will answer frequently asked questions and give this information out not only in English but in Spanish as well. I would also like to send a newsletter out to all citizens with their utility bills.
 
PL: Have you ever made any mistakes in your public life? How have they affected you?
 
Richie-Folks: Yes, I have made mistakes in my public life, and I learned from these mistakes. By making these mistakes, I began to grow and became a better person for it. This helped me to be more observant and to realize that no one is perfect and I am always open to learning and trying out new innovative ideas and most importantly listening.
 
PL: Our readers want leaders in local government. Why should they vote for you?
 
Richie-Folks: The reason the citizens of Manassas should vote for me is I will make sure that the City Treasurer’s office operates effectively with efficiency, accuracy, excellent customer service and most importantly transparency. I will make sure that the City treasurer’s office is in compliance with state laws and regulations and adheres to Manassas City codes and ordinances.

I have done research and spoke with other City Treasurer’s around the Northern Virginia areas, and I have some innovative ideas that I would like to bring to the Manassas City Treasure’s office. I would like to make it more accessible and have more online services to help make the process of paying taxes simple.

I know that there is a new system that is being installed and will become operational in January. If I am elected, I will be a part of the installation of this system and will be able to make sure that these services will be looked into and if cost-effective put in place.

I would also like to accommodate our senior citizens and make paying taxes easier and accessible for them and the disabled. We live in a world of technology, and everything can be done online, and I want our citizens to be able to take advantage of that when paying their taxes.

I will have an open door policy to my internal as well as external customers and the most important responsibility I will have will be to collect the city’s taxes on time and make sure that they are deposited promptly. The staff that is in place now are very experienced and doing an excellent job and giving excellent customer service and this will continue if I am elected to be your City Treasurer. 

Read more Project: Election 2016 candidate profiles.

Candidate Profile

Candidate Name

Patricia Richie-Folks

Contact Information

www.pat4treasurer.com

https://www.facebook.com/pat4treasurer/

Candidate Stats

I’m running for: Manassas City Treasurer

Work:

  • Substitute Teacher

School:

  • Miami Dade College, Miami, Fla.

Community involvement:

  • Family Services Advisory Board as Chair
  • Prince William County Arts Council
  • Board of Directors for the Prince William County Boys and Girls Club
  • Manassas Rotary

Political affiliation:

  • Democrat