New Warren Co. Treasurer gets to work on accomplishing campaign promises

— Headed for his new office in the Warren County Municipal Center, county Treasurer Michael Swan walked past two photographs on the wall in the Center’s southern hallway. The images were portraits of the only two prior county treasurers since the Fab Four sparked Beatlemania in 1964 by releasing “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” John Wertime served as county Treasurer from January 1964 through 1999, and Frank O’Keefe served in the post from 2000 through December 2011.

Just days after taking over from O’Keefe, Swan talked Jan. 5 of his plans to launch some changes. He offered details of the initiatives as he gazed out a 12-foot-long picture window in his new office into a landscaped courtyard. The ambiance of his office contrasts to his prior workspace — the office of the Director of Real Property services — a room which is windowless.

Swan was settling into his new digs and routine as the Warren County Treasurer, following the retirement of Frank O'Keefe and Swan's convincing election win in November in a race against O'Keefe's son Michael.

On Jan. 1, he took the oath of office – surrounded by family and friends – at the home of his 94-year-old mother.

In his first day in office Jan. 3, Swan met with staff and gave them a pep talk, he recalled this week.

“I told them all to keep up the great work,” he said.

His first objective in office, he said this week, is to fulfill his campaign promises – to overhaul the Treasurer's office website and provide comprehensive information on county finances and taxes directly to the public.

He said he'd be meeting with county Information Technology employees to take preliminary steps to accomplish these changes.

He's also been briefing Treasurer's Department employees on the information he'd like to have included in monthly in-depth reports to the county Board of Supervisors.

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