Former Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison is one of
five seeking to replace retiring long-time 
County Treasurer Donald White.

As Alameda County treasurer-tax collector Donald White is the name property owners loathed to write at tax time. But after White announced his retirement last year, his position became open for applicants across the East Bay.

The treasurer-tax collector appointee will only serve the remainder of White’s term and be required to run for office in June 2018.

The county released a list of five potential finalists for the position late Thursday that includes former Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison. Aside from his service in public office, Harrison is a certified public accountant and owns a Fremont accounting firm. He was narrowly denied re-election in Fremont last November.

The other four applicants to be interviewed by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday are Castro Valley Unified Schoot District assistant superintendent Dr. Candi Clark, current Alameda County assistant treasurer Gregory Lawson, Castro Valley resident Thomas Wierzba and a name well-known to many East Bay political campaigns, accountant Henry Levy. [READ THEIR APPLICATIONS HERE]

Levy’s accounting firm is popular among many campaigns over the years for his expertise in navigating the often byzantine nature of campaign finance reports.

In fact, each Harrison and Levy have direct financial ties to at least one county supervisor. Harrison was Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty’s campaign treasurer during his 2016 primary election. Levy served in the same capacity for Supervisor Nate Miley’s 2016 campaign against Bryan Parker.

Before announcing his retirement last year, White had served six terms as county treasurer-tax collector. According to a 2013 database, White’s base salary was $168,854.