The Texas Constitution, Article XVI, Section 44, Local Government Code of the State of Texas Chapter 83 and Chapters 111-117 and Chapter 155, provide for a County Treasurer and prescribe the duties as chief custodian of county finance.

Basic duties include, but are not limited to, receiving, investing, keeping and accounting, paying, applying, and disbursing all monies belonging to the county from whatever source derived, according to Law. The county treasurer preserves the system of checks and balances within the financial administration of county finances. Specific duties include:
  • Banker for Taylor County government -Working with departments and public for receiving and disbursing funds, including general payments of county expenses, payments for jury duty, and payments to election workers and county payroll
  • Investment officer for Taylor County funds - Working with external brokers and banking community for highest and safest investment returns on Taylor County funds; insuring proper collateral for all Taylor County investments and funds; and proposes and oversees the Taylor County Investment Policy, in compliance with the Public Funds Investment Act of Texas
  • Contract Administrator for the Taylor County Bank Depository -Including negotiating of Contract and management of all facets of banking services for Taylor County
  • Agent - For required monthly, quarterly, or annual federal and/or State of Texas reports and payments for Taylor County
  • Reconciliation Agent - For Taylor County accounting, working with depository bank, county departments, and external auditors
  • Statutory Supervisor - Of unclaimed property for Taylor County, valued at less than $100 (Search theTexas State Comptroller website for unclaimed funds.)
  • Custodian - Of Sheriff's bail bond collateral
  • Chairman of the Taylor County Investment Committee -As well as statutory member of the Taylor County Bail Bond Board

Lesa Hart Crosswhite CIO, CT

Position Time Frame
Certified Investment Officer 1999 - Present
Past President of the County Treasurer’s Association 2006 - 2007
Voted Outstanding Texas County Treasurer 2008
Legislative Task Force Chair for the County Treasurer’s Association 2006 - 2010
Charter member of the Texas Association Elected Official Leadership Class Present
Risk Board of Director for Texas Association of Counties Present
Former Board of Director of Texas Association of Counties Present
Member of Taylor County Bail Bond Board Present