|Experience touted by Treasurer candidates: Eskam cites tax, banking experience|
|April 03, 2014 Jerry Purvis|
Jennifer Eskam, an employee in the Scotts Bluff County Treasurer’s Office from 1997 – 2006, is seeking the treasurer position in the May 13 primary.
“I left the Treasurer’s Office in 2006 when an opportunity came up in the tax department at Aurora Loan Services,” Eskam said. “I gained a lot of knowledge because we did taxes throughout the United States. I learned so much about how other counties and states did their taxes and assessments.”
She spent eight years with Aurora Loan Services before the company was sold. From there, she currently works in the bookkeeping department with Platte Valley Bank. “It’s one of those behind-the-scenes jobs that make people’s accounts run efficiently every day.”
A native of the valley, Eskam lived away from the area about 15 years while her husband was in the military as a Marine recruiter. “We always wanted to come home when he retired, so in 1997 we did,” she said.
She said that in the years with the treasurer’s office, it was always a goal to run for treasurer. And her decision came when Treasurer Gwenn Greeley announced her retirement.
“My focus will always be on customer service,” she said. “It will take some time, but I have some ideas on how to schedule everyone so we can take care of our customers promptly.”
Eskam said she’s very familiar with the operation of the treasurer’s office on a daily basis. She also visited with retiring Treasurer Gwenn Greeley about what has changed since here tenure.
“State statutes always change, but not much on the local level,” she said. “The daily operation is pretty much the same as when I was there and I was comfortable working there.”
Eskam, who was also cross-trained in Auto Registration, said it’s important to offer the same opportunity to staff so they can help out in other areas when the office gets busy.
She described herself as a go-getter who doesn’t shy away from making changes when necessary. Being a former military wife has made her a stronger person. In addition to raising a family, she also worked in the banking and mortgage industries during those active years.
“Numbers are easy for me,” Eskam said. “I’ve been working in banking, bookkeeping, payroll and taxes for most of my life.”
Eskam will appear on the Republican primary ballot on May 13, along with candidate Heather Hauschild. Because no candidate filed as a Democrat, the winner will advanced unopposed to the Nov. 4 general election.