Montana seeks own term as treasurer

Karyn Montana

Montana seeks own term as treasurer

Karyn Montana

CLARION Karyn Montana of Knox has announced her intention to seek the Republican nomination for Clarion County treasurer in the May primary election.

Montana was named county treasurer last year after Tom McConnell resigned to take a job in the private sector.

In her announcement, Montana said she brings 30 years of accounting background as well as four and half years working as the county's chief deputy treasurer with her and is currently the acting Clarion County treasurer.

"These give (me) unique experience as a candidate for this position," said Montana.

Montana continued, "As treasurer, I will keep an open-door policy to best serve the residents of Clarion County, even during this terrible pandemic.

"The health and safety of everyone who comes to the office is of the utmost importance."

Due to COVID-19, access to the county buildings has been limited.

"I have implemented a few changes to safely accommodate anyone who needs the services of the treasurer's office," said Montana.

Montana said she is working on streamlining the antlerless application process in the hopes that there will be a quicker turn around on processing so that the licenses can be mailed back faster.

"Last year we sent all the doe licenses out at once in September, but this year we plan to send them back every two weeks after they are processed," explained Montana. "We hope that this will give hunters a better idea of when to expect their licenses in the mail and will make them much easier to track if necessary."

Montana was born and raised in Clarion County and is a 1991 graduate of Keystone High School. She then began working in accounting at Clarion Bathware in Marble.

In 1998 she left to work for New Era (now Champion Homes) in Strattanville in the accounting department where she worked for 17 years before being hired as the chief deputy treasurer in 2016.

"Working all of those years in the accounting field was integral in preparing me for what I considered my dream job as deputy treasurer," Montana said. "Tom and I were both new to the office when we started so we had much to learn but we worked hard to make sure the office ran efficiently, and we were able to streamline things, so it did just that.

"Our great working relationship and hard work is what made my transition from deputy to acting treasurer a very smooth process."

Montana grateful to have the opportunity to run for the position.

"My main focus in as treasurer is and always will be to serve the residents of Clarion County and ensure that their tax dollars are protected," said Montana.

Montana lives in Knox with her son Logan and husband Brad, a welder at Miller Fabrication Solutions.