Patrick Schmitt recently announced his candidacy for Wayne County treasurer in the November election.
Schmitt currently serves as the appointed county auditor and management assistant in the Wayne County County Administrator Office.
“I am running for county treasurer, because I have a combination of both public and private sector experience that will serve the citizens of Wayne County well,” Schmitt said. “In my roles as both county internal auditor and management assistant, I have gained a vast knowledge of county operations that I believe will allow me to start working with county departments immediately.
“As a lifelong resident of Wayne County, I understand the issues that residents and the county are facing, from property tax foreclosures to the derelict property issue the county is working to address and the effects of unfunded mandates on government operations. The county treasurer is the chief fiscal officer and tax enforcement officer for the county. These responsibilities include safeguarding all of the county’s monies, making prudent investments of surplus funds and reserves within the parameters of the law, processing of payments to vendors, collection of delinquent taxes, tax foreclosures, maintaining accounting records for all county operations and working with independent, state and federal auditors. If elected treasurer, I will do all of this, plus work to make more financial information available and increase transparency of county spending so residents can fully understand where their tax dollars are being spent and with whom. I will work with the board of supervisors to help improve the county, while being an independent voice for taxpayer’s financial interest in county government operations.”
Schmitt is a certified fraud examiner by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He is a 2006 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, where he obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting. He earned a Master in Business Administration degree with a concentration in public administration from Southern New Hampshire University in 2017.
Schmitt is a 14-year member of Walworth Fire Department, where he served in various leadership roles including department treasurer, 2nd deputy chief and most recently as captain. He lives in Walworth with his wife, Abbie, and their two children.