Curfman Runs For Treasurer

Democrat Katherine Kelich Curfman announced she is a candidate for the office of Belmont County treasurer.

Curfman’s decision follows long-time county Treasurer Joe Gaudio’s announcement that he will not seek re-election in 2012. Ohio’s primary election takes place March 6.

“Joe Gaudio has done an exemplary job as Belmont County’s treasurer for the past 24 years,” Curfman said. “I am running to ensure that the excellent service the treasurer’s office has rendered to the residents of Belmont County continues, and to further develop the county’s cash management practices. With today’s economy and tighter budgets, every penny counts.

“The county treasurer can play a vital role in ensuring the county maintains a balanced budget,” she added. “Working with the county commissioners and officeholders, I believe we can work together to improve the county’s cash flow funding and increase interest earning potential through sensible investment pooling. But most importantly, people have a right to know how their tax dollars are working for them, so I will work very hard to improve the county’s fiscal transparency and accessibility.”

Curfman brings both public and private sector accounting experience to the race.

A life-long resident of Belmont County, she is a graduate of St. Clairsville High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Wheeling Jesuit University.

For the past 10 years, Curfman has served as the administrative assistant for the Belmont County Magistrate’s Office.

In that capacity, she is responsible for the oversight and administration of the federal contract that reimburses the county for child support enforcement, among other domestic relations programs.

In the private sector, Curfman worked in corporate accounting at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack as the lead slot auditor.

There she oversaw both personnel and the integrity of the accounting practices relative to slot operations.

Public service is not new to Curfman, as she is also an active community leader in Belmont County. She is in her second term as chairwoman of the Belmont County Mental Health and Recovery Board, and she is also a liaison to the board of directors for the Richland Township/St. Clairsville Memorial Park.