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Julie Dunn Announces Candidacy for Town Treasurer

The Committee to Elect Julie Dunn has announced that Julie Dunn, a 28-year Arlington resident and current Grant Writer/Coordinator for the Arlington School Department, will run for the office of Arlington Treasurer in the Town election on April 5, 2014.

Dunn issued the following statement:

The Treasurer is one of the few full-time elected positions in Arlington’s Town government, and one of the most important. I believe we can achieve greater efficiency and coordination through several key improvements. As Treasurer I’d focus on:

  • Modernization. Implement more resident-friendly transactions, including improved online services and ability to pay Town bills by credit card.

  • Efficiency.  Streamline accounting practices by adopting the software that is used by other town departments, replacing the office’s current custom-built software.

  • Teamwork. Lead a Treasurer’s office that works hand-in-hand with other town departments to coordinate complex financial operations and participate in an integrated effort to move the Town forward.

With a professional background in corporate banking and finance, I have the knowledge and experience to meet the challenges of leading the Treasurer’s office. In 14 years at BankBoston, I rose to the senior officer level in corporate banking, helping deliver top quality credit and banking services, and taking on data management responsibilities. I’ve also worked in various sectors of the federal government in banking and financial policy.  

In my current position in the Arlington Public Schools as Grant Writer/Coordinator, I have managed and procured millions of dollars in additional resources for our schools through public and private grants.

Finally, in my 28 years in Arlington, I’ve developed a strong personal commitment to our community. I raised my two sons here, sending them to Arlington schools, and I’ve served in many capacities as a volunteer. I took the lead as a founding board member and President of the Arlington Schools Foundation and as a board member of the Arlington Education Enrichment Fund.

Arlington residents deserve the best services our Town can provide, within the constraint of the resources available. Using my financial background and expertise, I will work to improve collaboration and communication in Town government, bringing about positive changes while preserving Arlington’s uniqueness.

Visit http://www.juliedunnfortreasurer.org/

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Amy Speare January 23, 2014 at 01:22 PM
No, there is no relation.
Mark Kaepplein January 23, 2014 at 03:39 PM
I'd like for systems to be modernized, but a Treasurer with executive experience means they won't be doing the work, but just directing expensive consultants and contractors.
Stephen January 23, 2014 at 04:13 PM
How much money is there in the budget to modernize the Treasurer's office? When the current treasurer placed an add for a new hire, the money for which has been appropriated by town meeting, Selectman Kevin Greeley expressed his opposition to it, since Gilligan had not asked for Greeley's permission. Sounds to me like everyone would like to modernize the treasurer's office, but unless funds are made available, that effort is dead on arrival. How will Julie get the funding to make modernization possible?
Mark Kaepplein January 23, 2014 at 06:07 PM
You have my vote if you promise to publish actual town spending, not just budgeted amounts. Start back to 2010, and do it every year forward.
Susan Ruderman January 23, 2014 at 06:22 PM
I thought we were moving towards an appointed (not elected) town treasurer anyway? Or was that just a personal vendetta due to failing to ask permission? I'm always in favor of competition in elections, but I'd need to see evidence of the incumbent failing in some way before I would be tempted to vote him out. I don't see that evidence.
johannahmalone January 24, 2014 at 08:17 AM
Why are there 3-4% transaction fees to pay online with credit cards? That is considerable. Those are the fees at my child's pre-school and for paying bills online. When you are paying a $5,300 tuition bill or $1,500 quarterly tax bill, that adds up.

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