Newaygo County Treasurer Holly Moon Announces Retirement
Newaygo County Treasurer Holly Moon announced her retirement at a recent Board of Commissioners meeting. She will retire at the end of her 4-year term on December 31, 2020. Holly has served the County as Treasurer for 16 years.
She began her career in government service in Dayton Township in 1984 serving in a variety of roles during her 20 years of service and in the elected positions of Township Supervisor and Treasurer. Holly’s first taste of local government was working with Monroe Shigley, who drafted the original Dayton Township Zoning Ordinance, and continued with being appointed as a Planning Commission member and as Deputy Clerk before assuming elected positions.
Holly stated, “it has been my privilege to be a public servant for the past 36 years, and I hope to continue as a servant leader in our community for many years to come!”
Holly took office as County Treasurer in 2005 and has served four consecutive terms for Newaygo County. During her tenure Holly saved thousands of dollars by combining contracts for tax reversion, tripled the County’s investment earnings in her first two years in office, and recovered over $727,000 for the County in unbilled property tax chargebacks incurred prior to her service. She also takes pride in instituting on-line banking and fraud prevention tools for all County bank accounts, as well as initiating the acceptance of credit and debit cards to pay delinquent taxes and dog licenses on-line. Holly has worked tirelessly to assist taxpayers with payment plans and extensions, and to connect them with agencies and resources in our community to help prevent foreclosure.
Holly has been active in the MI Assn of County Treasurers, serving as its President and on the Board of Directors for six years. During this time she was a strong advocate for legislation; such as saving taxpayers’ dollars by updating publication requirements for properties in jeopardy of foreclosure. She also worked again with Jon Bumstead to provide a partnership with the State and other local governments to receive properties in Merrill Township and to combine them with those owned by the County Treasurer to create larger more marketable parcels. This is an ongoing project today, which has helped to curb the repeated tax reversion of the 25’ X 100’ lots in Woodland Park, Merrill Township.
Holly is an active community member serving as the MI House of the Representatives’ appointee to the Newaygo Area Promise Board of Trustees, Chairperson of the Great Start Collaborative, President of White Cloud Rotary, and as a Trustee on the Executive Board for the state-wide MI CLASS Investment Pool. She has also enjoyed volunteering for United Way Newaygo County, as a work-based mentor for School-to-Work programs, for the All Saints Feeding America Program, and serves on the County’s Election Commission, Tax Allocation Board, Brownfield Authority Board, and Wellness & Safety Committee.
Jason O’Connell has been employed in the County Treasurer’s Office for over 10 years and has worked diligently to succeed Holly as Newaygo County Treasurer. Treasurer Moon shared that she “has worked with Jason as her succession plan for 2-3 years, and is confident he has the education, integrity, and experience to be a successful Treasurer!”