My name is Shawna Pearson and I am running for Mercer County treasurer. I decided to put my bid in when I first learned about the allegations of misappropriation of funds in our treasurer's office. I know change can be hard, but sometimes we continue to do things because that's the way it has always been done. I believe the treasurer office is in desperate need of change, and if elected, I can bring a fresh set of eyes and a new perspective.
I was raised in this community and I love living and working here. I have a strong work ethic that was instilled by my parents, Sue Pearson, who retired from Mercer County Hospital after 27 years of service, and my late father, Michael Pearson, who was a member of our local VFW and worked as an accountant for Tempo Marine.
With my past work experience and education, I am a strong candidate for the Treasurer's office. I graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in finance. Some of my studies included Financial and Managerial Accounting, Financial Institutions, Managerial Economics, Micro and Macro Economics and Computer Systems.
I have eight years of banking experience with balancing, auditing and researching accounts, daily banking transactions, nightly checks and conforming to BSA and FDIC requirements. I have learned what is necessary for a check and balance system and how to always back up and account for everything being done.
I have six years at General Grind and Machine with experience as an account manager and with human resources. Both positions require extreme attention to detail, organization, multitasking, strong communication skills and require handling of confidential, date-sensitive material.
Please vote for me on March 18th for change this county needs.
-- Improving our current auditing system and increasing the transparency on our financial accounts.
-- I would also love to set up a grant committee to research possible grants or incentive packages for our local communities, groups, outreach programs, local townships, agriculture, roads or education.
Name: Shawna Pearson
Occupation: human resources, eight years of banking experience, six years at General Grind & Machine.
Politiical experience: First-time candidate
Education: Bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University
Today is Thursday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder. 1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.