County Treasurer Scott Harnsberger

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Fremont County Treasurer Scott Harnsberger is the one of the first local officials to announce a re-election bid in 2014. Filing for open seats doesn’t open until May.

Harnsberger announced in a news release on Friday morning that he’d be seeking the Republican nomination for the Treasurer; if elected this would be his sixth term since he was first appointed to the seat in 1992.

When asked about his most recent accomplishments over the last four years he stated; “The formation and implementation of a 5 year plan for major capital improvements and the financing of those projects has been major,” Harnsberger said. “This is a very transparent process and is a forward looking approach that can be fine tuned each year prior to setting the County’s operating budget. I believe the citizens of the County will appreciate seeing a written plan that spells out how their tax dollars are proposed to be spent over the next five years.”

In the news release he touts his management of the county’s roughly $40 million in investments.

“The next four years will be very important in planning county government’s impact on the future of Fremont County,” said Harnsberger. “Over the last 22 years I have not seen departments and agencies advocate for less spending. Although revenues look to increase in the not so distant future, I will continue to be the bug in the Commission’s ear to hold the line on expanding county government. We cannot continue to add programs and keep taxes low. There are many good ideas out there however government is not always the answer. Part of the puzzle includes the continuous increase in the cost of health care, food, fuel and the like for all the citizens of the county so freezing salaries over the next four years is not the best solution. Continuing to balance budgets on the backs of the employees does not equate to good service to the public. I would rather see low priority programs cut than provide substandard service.”

Harnsberger promised to constantly improve the service provided to the taxpayers of Fremont County.

“It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve the people of this county, and I am humbled by the support and encouragement shown me by a lot of folks to seek another term,” he said.

Harnsberger graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in Accounting in 1982. He is a lifelong resident of Fremont County and lives with his wife Teddi Winge north of Lander.

County Clerk Julie Freese in December told that she plans to run for re-election this year as well, this time as a Republican rather than a Democrat.