Marty Ferris seeks county treasurer’s seat |

Marty Ferris seeks county treasurer’s seat


SUMMIT COUNTY – Martina “Marty” Ferris Tuesday announced her candidacy for the office of Summit County Treasurer. Ferris, an 18-year Summit County Government employee, currently serves as Summit’s assistant finance director.

If she is elected treasurer, Ferris said, she wants to maximize the county’s investment returns by striving to have returns consistently at or above industry benchmarks. Ferris said she will provide regular and open reporting of the county’s investment activity to county officials and the public. She also wants to improve the automation of the treasurer’s office, and provide friendly, helpful service to the public.

Ferris will compete for the seat against current treasurer Larry Gilliland. He has held the position since 1987.

The election is in November.

“I think it’s a good way to expand my horizons,” Ferris said of running for office. “I’ve been with the county for 18 years and I’m ready for a change. And I think that the treasurer’s office is ready for a change.”

In her job as assistant finance director, Ferris is responsible for administering the county’s employee retirement fund, is lead staff person for the County’s annual audit, helps prepare the county’s budget, and oversees day-to-day financial operations. In 2000, she co-managed implementation of the County’s new financial management computer system.

Ferris has a degree in commercial economics from South Dakota State University.

She has been involved in the Republican Party as a precinct committee person.

Her husband, Rich has served as the elected county surveyor since 1987. They have two children, Emily, 14, and Ben, 10.

Ferris also has served as an officer of her P.E.O. chapter, coached youth baseball and served as a member of the PTA board for Upper Blue Elementary School.

Ferris has served as treasurer of the Carriage House Early Learning Center Board for five years, during which time the board raised funds to build a new child-care facility. She serves on the Breckenridge Festival of Film board of directors, volunteers at the schools and helps with the youth choir at her church.

Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at

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