Cathedral City sets stage for new city treasurer

CATHEDRAL CITY — For the first time since 2010, this city will have a new city treasurer. Henry Chan, who is not seeking reelection, has held the position for more than a decade. Greg Jackson is the likely successor.

Jackson is running unopposed in the Nov. 8 election.

The city treasurer is elected at large for a four-year term. It’s not necessarily the sexiest race on the ballot but make no mistake. It is important.

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.

Jackson has lived in Cathedral City since February 1997, owns his home and volunteers for Cathedral City AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) as Referee Administrator.

As the election season heads into the homestretch, Uken Report (UR) asked Jackson few more questions to help voters get to know him.

UR: Who or what motivated you to seek the city treasurer’s post?

Jackson: A former coworker and current city employee recommended that I should run for City Treasurer.   I thought that since I have lived in the city for 25 years, and that I have a background in business, that it would be a great experience for me and a place to give back.

UR: The official city paperwork says you are a businessman. What kind of business are you in?

Jackson: I have worked in clinical research for many years.  My background is in program management.

UR: What is your understanding of what a city treasurer does?

Jackson: My understanding is that the City Treasurer is responsible for the investment of city revenue into accounts that will provide a secure source of income now and into the future.

UR: You’re unopposed. What do you make of that?

Jackson: Several of the city positions are unopposed.  I know that the current City Treasurer was in the role for 20 years and ran unopposed as well.

UR: What is the first thing you want to do in the role?

Jackson: I want to get a firm grasp of my roles and complete them as well as my excellent and experienced predecessor.  I have what it takes to be successful in this role and to provide a positive interaction with the Mayor, City Council and other city departments.

UR: Is there anything you would you like to add?

Jackson: No response.

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