Democrat Clark faces Republican Rainey for Bannock County treasurer
POCATELLO -- Jennifer Clark started in the lowest position at the Bannock County Treasurer’s Office and has climbed the ladder to her current post, senior deputy treasurer, during a career that’s spanned more than two decades.
Her Republican opponent for treasurer in the Nov. 6 election, Dan Rainey, has managed budgets and logistics with the U.S. military and believes he would bring a valuable outsider’s perspective to the office.
“I’m a fresh face,” Rainey said, adding the county has elected someone from within the office to be treasurer since 1969. “I can go in there and make slow change that I think is needed in that office.”
Clark, however, believes her experience would be especially critical to the county in an election in which at least one commissioner, the treasurer, the clerk and the assessor will be new.
Clark said she’s been working closely with Treasurer Radene Barker, who will be retiring, to learn the ropes of the office during the past couple of years. She said some of the functions of the office are done only once per year and take a while to master.
“It would be a hard office to walk into and learn overnight,” Clark said. “I’ve been there 20 years and I still don’t know everything.”
Rainey grew up in Terreton and moved to Pocatello in 1993 to attend Idaho State University, where he graduated with a degree in finance. He enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard in 2001, and was deployed to Iraq from 2004 to 2005. He later joined the U.S. Army Reserve, and was deployed again to Iraq from 2009 through 2010. He currently serves as a major with the Army Reserve.
Rainey said he managed budgets as company commander with his Reserve unit, and for ISU’s Student Center. He also audited travel requests with the military.
Rainey has quit his job working the front desk for the local U.S. Forest Service office to run for treasurer.
Clark was raised in Soda Springs and moved to Pocatello to attend ISU’s legal secretary program. She then worked for six years in banking, before starting her career with the treasurer’s office.
In addition to billing and collecting property taxes, the office invests roughly $50 million in extra revenue it’s accumulated. Clark believes the office is run well. She would continue Barker’s investment strategy, of investing in several local banks and credit unions, in addition to the Local Government Investment Pool. Idaho created the pool to offer a safe and liquid place for governments to invest idle funds.
The office employs six full-time workers and a part-time worker.
Rainey said he’s visited with treasurers from surrounding counties to learn best practices for the position.