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Storey believes hometown ties, banking background a benefit

Rick Storey is in the race for Washington County Trustee.


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After serving on so many boards over the years, Rick Storey, is no stranger to staying busy.

But things may have become even busier now that early voting, beginning April 11, is fast approaching for the May 1 Republican Primary.

Storey, currently a District 1 County Commissioner and also on the board for Citizens Bank, is running for the office of Washington County Trustee.

“I’ve lived my entire life in Washington County … I’ve been on a number of boards throughout the county for years,” Storey said.

Storey has served as the chair of the Johnson City Development Authority, United Way, the Gray Ruritan Club, the Washington County Library, MSHA, and the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce.  He has also worked in the banking business for over 40 years.

Storey  said the idea of running was “in the back of my mind for years.  I had always thought about that and this time it came along and I served on the commission.”

He believes a main concern for the county is the safety of taxpayers’ money. “I know we’ve got some idle cash in the county and there’s probably some investments out there. I’m talking about safe investments. I’m not talking about speculative investments.”

According to Storey, his background in banking would be beneficial to the trustee’s office. “I think we could generate some additional income, but I think I’ve got the knowledge in banking.  The main job of the trustee is kind of the banker for the county. You collect all the money whether it’s from the courts or the sheriff’s department. You account for all that, and you also collect the taxes.

“I think on the trust side looking at how to manage the cash flow, balance the accounts and look at getting maybe a higher return on the idle cash (is important).”

Storey said he would also look at other ways to enhance county residents interactions with the county government and that he would be open to suggestions from residents. He mentioned as a benefit the upgraded systems in the trustee’s office and the courts, with which users can access information online.

Regarding staffing in the trustee’s office, Storey said, “I don’t see any change in staffing and that’s always a concern from the folks that work there … as long as folks come in and do their job, why would you change your staff?”

The county trustee primary will be held on May 1, 2018, while early voting will begin on April 11, 2018.