Greg Jackson running to be Cathedral City’s next city treasurer

CATHEDRAL CITY — With no opposition, Greg Jackson is likely to be swept into office as city treasurer in the Nov. 8 election.

Jackson will replace Henry Chan who served in that position from 2010 until now. He is not seeking reelection. The city treasurer is elected at large for a four-year term.

The city treasurer has general oversight of a city’s financial affairs. City treasurers often advise the City Manager’s Office and City Council on questions regarding a city’s revenue, spending, and overall municipal funds.

Uken Report (UR) asked Jackson about his new venture.

UR: Why do you want to be city treasurer?

Jackson: I have lived in Cathedral City for over 25 years and the concept of helping the city from a different perspective is fascinating to me.  As I learned about the Treasurer position in more detail, I felt that my background and talents would be perfect for the position.   I enjoy economics and finance and feel I will be a strong person for the job.

UR: What is your understanding of what the job entails?

Jackson: The job is to maintain the long-term investments of the city.  I would be responsible for the city’s current investments, researching future investments and communicating with banks to continue to invest in assets that will provide the greatest increases over time.

UR: What is your background?

Jackson: I have worked in clinical research for over 15 years on both the business and clinical aspects of the job.  I was responsible for the budgets and contracts of clinical trials along with the management of the operations and staff.   I have my MBA in Marketing and Business Development along with my Bachelor’s in Biology.  My current position is oversight of multiple hospitals across the country to ensure they conduct our trials as outlined by our protocols.

UR: What are your qualifications for the job?

Jackson: As mentioned above, my background in business, along with my formal education in economics, finance and accounting makes me an excellent candidate for this job as City Treasurer for Cathedral City.

UR: Did someone recruit you? If so, who?

Jackson: Jack Sliwoski, accountant for Cathedral City, told me about this position and he and I thought that I would be an excellent candidate.

UR: How long have you lived in Cathedral City?

Jackson: I have lived in Cathedral City since February 1997.

UR: Anything you would like to add?

Jackson: I own my home in Cathedral City and I volunteer for Cathedral City AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) as Referee Administrator.

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