Despite pulling papers in consideration of running against Nevada County Treasurer-Tax Collector Tina Vernon a second time, Dai Meagher announced this morning he has decided against filing as candidate.
“After careful deliberation I determined I could not fulfill commitments to my clients, to the several community organizations I serve, or to my wife and son, were I to pursue this office at this time,” Meagher wrote in a letter to supporters that he provided to The Union.
“Over the past few years I have come to know Mrs. Vernon, and I can personally attest that she is among the nicest persons I’ve met — and so the impact of another contentious and close election on both our families is something I’m glad to avoid,” Meagher said.
Vernon beat Meagher 19,000 to 18,454 in the November general elections in 2010.
Meagher, 52, is a CPA, fiduciary and financial consultant for his own accounting firm. He also serves as treasurer for Nevada County Television and for Sierra Commons.
“As a CPA and auditor there are changes that I would like made for the benefit of the office of Treasurer and the citizens it serves,” Meagher stated in letter.
Among the proposed changes Meagher listed in his letter were re-establishing the “Treasury Oversight Committee” to enhance public accountability; prohibiting further use of the personal name of the treasurer as the payee for tax payments — a practice long abandoned by most other counties; enhancing treasury investment reports with additional details and analysis, and with improved readability; and the adoption of conflict of interest policies that prohibit an elected treasurer from unfairly or inappropriately helping to elect a successor.
“These proposed changes are effectively changes to the policies that Mrs. Vernon inherited from her predecessor,” Meagher stated. “So I’ve determined I just need to be a little more patient in allowing our current treasurer to implement these changes herself.”
The filing deadline for the June 3 primary election is today.