Where can you get a job that you receive salary and benefits costing
your employer about $50 an hour or $400 a day? You get a free office
and have employees under you that are trained to do your work. You are
a supervisor that supervises the workers and working managers; you are
a V.I.P. You can come and go as you please and there’s plenty
of goof off time. It’s just like Dagwood Bumstead working for
Mr. Dithers. You can even ride a motorcycle during duty hours if you
wish. You aren’t answerable to anyone for four years, and if you
haven’t let the cat out of the bag, you may be retained for another
four years. And you get a Jim Dandy vacation to boot. Well, such a job
does exist and it’s right here in Josephine County, Oregon. It’s
the elected position of Treasurer/Tax Collector for the county.
the present time John Harelson (pictured on the right)
is the county treasurer. Don’t tell anybody, but he thinks he’s
God’s gift to the county, and he’s also under the delusion
that he’s the fourth commissioner. Harelson spends an estimated
five to ten percent (if not more) of the normal daily work hours with
his nose in the commissioners’ business. Harelson especially likes
to hang out at the commissioners’ business meetings during his
regular business hours since there’s nothing for him to do back
in his office.
On October 12, 2005 during
a commissioners’ business meeting, Harelson spent a couple of
hours, perhaps more, watching the proceedings. This cost the taxpayers
at least $100. Harelson has been observed doing this on a routine basis.
One would think he had nothing to do, and they would appear to be right.
He’s the guy that came up with the accelerated property tax foreclosure
ordinance. He didn’t inform the county commissioners about this
ordinance but went directly to his friend the elected Legal Counsel
Steve Rich. Together they laid this egg and tried to get the commissioners
to hatch it for them. The commissioners stood up and voted no. They
weren’t sitting on this egg for these two birds. Harelson and
Rich will be remembered at election time for this extremely unpopular
ordinance. Both men appear to be anti-property rights and Harelson has
certainly supported new property taxes and discussed taxing districts
for family homes.
wasn’t elected County Treasurer to follow the commissioners around
like a hound that smells blood, commissioners’ blood. Harelson’s
objectives appear to be self-serving to protect his own interests. The
Treasurer’s office has become his personal territory, his fiefdom
(The domain controlled by a feudal lord).
His elected office gives
him authority, influence, and a comfortable income to fatten his belly.
The man has a political agenda, and he’s not averse to carrying
it out. The US Observer sees Harelson as a dangerous man to the public’s
best interest of an efficient and functional county government. The
Observer recommends that the salary for Harelson’s position be
reduced by fifty percent and all perks eliminated. We would also recommend
that voters remove Harelson from his position at the next election.
sees Josephine County Treasurer/Tax Collector John Harelson away from
his office during regular business hours 9-5, M-F please call the Observer
hot line at (541) 474-7885 and leave a message mentioning the time,
location, and what he was seen doing. Developing …