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Hershey running for sixth term

February 28, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

WASHINGTON COUNTY

karenh@herald-mail.com

Todd L. Hershey, who has worked 20 years as Washington County treasurer, is seeking a sixth term.

With the same size staff now as he had when he started, Hershey said Monday he believes he has done a good job controlling his office costs.

Hershey, a Democrat, said he works in a nonpartisan position under the County Commissioners.

"That's one of the few things that I can do is to try to run this office as efficiently and effectively as I can," Hershey said.

According to the Washington County Board of Elections, no one else has filed to run for the position.

Hershey said he is looking forward to the county's launch of a Web-based program that will allow users to pay their taxes with credit cards, and he said he supports the consolidation of municipal tax billing with state and county tax billing, which his office already handles.

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Hershey earned a bachelor of science degree from Guilford College and a master's degree from Hood College.

He and his wife, Katie, and six children live in the Keedysville area.

Hershey said four other full-time employees work in the treasurer's office. That number has not changed in 20 years, he said.

Hershey's salary this fiscal year is $57,108.79, he said. An entry-level treasurer would earn $47,592, he said.

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