Announcing her bid for re-election, Democratic incumbent county treasurer Sandra Kirkland says she still enjoys her job and serving the people of Indiana County.
As an agent of the commonwealth, the treasurer is responsible for the sales of fishing, hunting and dog licenses. Keeping the office up to date, she said she introduced the ability of dog owners to purchase license online. Her office also handles the sales of pistol permits, boat transfers, small games of chance and bingo licenses.
Her responsibilities include handling millions of dollars in revenue that comes to her office where it is recorded in one of the many accounts and deposited in local banks. Disbursement checks printed in the commissioners’ office are passed to her for final approval and payment. She is a voting member of the salary board, pension board and prison board.
Since 2005, she has personally paid for the hunting and fishing license applied for by full-time military personnel who reside in Pennsylvania. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Democratic Woman of the Year award from the Pennsylvania State Federation of Democratic Women. In 2012, she received the Woman of the Year award from the Indiana County Federation of Democratic Women.
Kirkland, seeking a seventh term, said this will be the last time she will run for the position. She is unopposed in the May primary. Helen D. Clark is running unopposed on the Republican ballot.
A resident of Indiana County since early childhood, Kirkland and her husband, Bill, reside in Blacklick Township.