Bull nominated for treasurer

Robert Blackford/Editor

The Mercer County Republican Party nominated Sandy Bull to be the new Mercer County Treasurer.

Mercer County Republican Party Chairman Brian Anseeuw made the announcement Friday afternoon at the Mercer County Courthouse.

Making the announcement Anseeuw pointed to Bull's 37 years experience in the banking industry as well as her duties as the Aledo City Treasurer.

"There is no other Republican more qualified," said Anseeuw.

Anseeuw noted that with Bull he believes the county can move ahead with several recommendations that were made in the county's forensic audit a year and a half ago.

Bull told the crowd, "I appreciate your support." She noted that she is responsible for the City of Aledo's $7 million budget and is also on the investment board.

Bull added, "I just want to go in and help."

Ted Pappas, the Mercer County Board's finance chairman, added, "Thirty-seven years is a long time, a lot of battles, a lot of scars." Pappas said he wanted to reiterate his concern as finance committee chairman about the state of the county's finances and the need to have a treasurer in the office. He pointed to 43 recommendations in the audit concerning the treasurer's office that would help prevent the type of criminal activity that went on under the past treasurer.

"If this appointment is delayed, I have to ask 'Why?' She should be approved at this meeting."

The position of treasurer has been vacant for over a year since former treasurer Mike Bertelsen left office. He resigned earlier this week after pleading guilty to stealing county funds.