In David Parkman's third day on the job as Waldo County Treasurer back in 2002, he remembers his deputy treasurer saying "you got to call the bank."

The county didn't have any cash, Parkman said, and he had to borrow money.

"I couldn't believe it."

Over the years, he said, he has made it a point to see that the county has cash on hand.

"It's worked out fine," he said. "We have money to work with. Before that you didn't have any money to work with."

Parkman said his decision not to run for another term as treasurer preceded the stroke he had a couple of years back.

It was going to be his last term anyway, Parkman said — it's been 16 years.

When asked about the duties of a treasurer, Parkman said every year the budget committee votes a new budget in and the treasurer's job is to look that budget over for problems.

"I didn't know too much about the (treasurer) job, at the time I ran in 2000 for a commissioner position," Parkman said. "Jethro Pease beat me out. He came to me two years later and asked me to run for treasurer."

Parkman goes to a commissioner's meeting every month and twice a month signs all of the checks, he said. Deputy Treasurer Karen Trussell handles much of the day-to-day work and keeps Parkman advised of any problems.

The position of county treasurer is basically an elected adviser to the commissioner's office, he said.

Parkman said the county is in very good shape financially. However, one issue the new treasurer will need to deal with is a loss of revenue when the district court moves over to the new courthouse.

"We get money from the district court rent," Parkman said. "This year, because of the new courthouse, we will lose that revenue, so these are things that will need to be on the horizon for whoever becomes treasurer."

Recently, there was a problem with restitution payments to the District Attorney's Office, Parkman said. Those who commit a crime and are ordered to pay restitution to a victim make payments through the county, and "we had a cash problem there." Parkman said: The DA's office was collecting cash but wasn't paying it out.

He said a change in the way restitution is collected — a money order or a bank check, instead of cash — has helped streamline the process.

"And it hasn't been a problem since," Parkman said.

He offered advice for anyone seeking the treasurer's seat:

"Advise the commissioners; they are the operating and financial officers of the county," Parkman said. "If they don't do what you advise, you move on.

"I can tell you I didn't know much when I was new. I don't think that will be a problem (with the two candidates seeking to succeed him). You're going to find out if it is in two or three months."

The two candidates seeking the county treasurer position are Republican Peter Sheff of Morrill and Democrat Bill Sneed of Prospect. The election takes place Nov. 6.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to show Bill Sneed's hometown of Prospect.