County of San Benito Clerk, Auditor & Recorder

Qualifications – Treasurer/Tax Collector/Public Administrator

Qualifications for the Office of

Treasurer / Tax Collector / Public Administrator

The requirements for the office of Treasurer/Tax Collector for the County of San Benito, shall be those specified in Government Code sections 27000.7, 27000.8 and 27000.9 and are as follows:

(a) No person shall be eligible for election or appointment to the office of San Benito County Treasurer/Tax Collector unless that person meets one of the following criteria:

(1) The person has served in a senior financial management position in a county, city, or other public agency dealing with similar financial responsibilities for a continuous period of not less than three years, including, but not limited to, treasurer, tax collector, auditor, auditor-controller, or the chief deputy or an assistant in those offices.

(2) The person possesses a valid baccalaureate, masters, or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in any of the following major fields of study: business administration, public administration, economics, finance, accounting, or a related field, with a minimum of 16 college semester units, or their equivalent, in accounting, auditing, or finance.

(3) The person possesses a valid certificate issued by the California Board of Accountancy pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 5000) of Division 3 of the Business and Professions Code, showing that person to be, and a permit authorizing that person to practice as, a certified public accountant.

(4) The person possesses a valid charter issued by the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts showing the person to be designated a Chartered Financial Analyst, with a minimum of 16 college semester units, or their equivalent, in accounting, auditing, or finance.

(5) The person possesses a valid certificate issued by the Treasury Management Association showing the person to be designated a Certified Cash Manager, with a minimum of 16 college semester units, or their equivalent, in accounting, auditing, or finance.

(b) This section shall only apply to any person duly elected or appointed as a county treasurer, county tax collector, or county treasurer/tax collector on or after January 1, 1998.

Educational requirements for Treasurer/Tax collector:

Any person who is elected to the Office of San Benito County Treasurer/Tax Collector, shall complete a valid continuing course of study as prescribed in this section, and shall during the person’s four-year term of office on or before June 30 of the fourth year, render to the State Controller a certification indicating that the person has successfully completed a continuing education program consisting of, at a minimum, 48 hours, or an equivalent amount of continuing education units within the discipline of treasury management, public finance, public administration, governmental accounting, or directly related subjects, offered by a recognized state or national association, institute, or accredited college or university, or the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission, that provides the requisite educational program prescribed in this section. The willful or negligent failure of any elected San Benito County Treasurer/Tax Collector to comply with the requirements of this section shall be deemed a violation of this section sections 27000.8; and

Notwithstanding any other requirement of law, any duly appointed county officer serving in the capacity of county treasurer, county tax collector, or county treasurer-tax collector shall, beginning in 2000, complete a valid continuing course of study as prescribed in this section, and shall, on or before June 30 of each two-year period, render to the Controller, a certification indicating that the county officer has successfully completed a continuing education program consisting of, at a minimum, 24 hours or an equivalent amount of continuing education units within the discipline of treasury management, tax collection, public finance, public administration, governmental accounting, or directly related subjects, offered by a recognized state or national association, institute, or accredited college or university, or the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission, that provides the requisite educational programs prescribed in this section. The willful or negligent failure of any county officer serving in the capacity of county treasurer, county tax collector, or county treasurer-tax collector to comply with the requirements of this section shall be deemed a violation of this section. 27000.9.

In addition, the following requirements must be met:

A.) The candidate shall be a U.S. citizen and a registered voter of the County of San Benito at the time nomination papers are issued.  (Gov. Code Sec. 24001)

B)  All persons desiring to become a candidate for the position of the San Benito County Treasurer-Tax Collector, Public Administrator shall provide to the County Clerk, at the time of filing for the position, a written statement declaring the manner under which he or she qualifies for the position.  (SBC Ordinance 3.01.105)

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