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Treasurer

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Kelli R. White

Kelli White was sworn in as Smith County Treasurer on March 1, 2005. She worked as Smith County Assistant Treasurer from July 2000 to March 2005.

Ms. White is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and Stephen F. Austin State University. She is a Certified Investment Officer, is a Past President of the County Treasurers Association of Texas and a board member for the Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool.  

The County Treasurer occupies an important role in the fiscal operations of almost every county government in Texas. The office of County Treasurer was established in the Texas constitution in 1846.

The Texas Constitution, Article XVI, Section 44, and Section 113.003 of the Local Government Code and related statutes, provide for a County Treasurer and prescribe their duties as the chief custodian of county finance. Basic duties include, but are not limited to, receiving, keeping and accounting, paying, applying, and disbursing all monies belonging to the county from whatever source derived according to law.

Additional duties include: original reconciliation and safekeeping of county bank accounts; custodian of the Bail Bond Board collateral; financial manager and coordinator of all revenue bond funds, including initial issuance, establishment of accounts, acceptance of original funds, payment of accounts, etc.; agent for State reports and payments on certain accounts.

Location

200 E. Ferguson, Suite 402
Tyler, Texas 75702

Phone: (903) 590-4730
Fax: (903) 590-4733

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. M - F
Closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Staff

Assistant Treasurer Atonia Rawlings
Ms. Rawlings has been a county employee since 2006, and worked in the District Clerk's Office before going to work in the Treasurer's Office in 2016.

Treasurer's Duties

The Treasurer's job is to be public servants to the taxpayers of Smith County.

They are dedicated to the safety of the taxpayers’ funds and investing them wisely. Ms. White was privileged to be trained for five years by the previous County Treasurer of 20 years, Joyce Smith. Ms. Smith taught Ms. White that the County Treasurer is not a politician, but a public servant. The taxpayers are her bosses and she is accountable to them.

"I am honored to have been elected by the citizens of Smith County, and I’m very proud to have a staff that works so well together," Ms. White said. "We all work very diligently to make sure our office is based on a system of checks and balances and that we are accountable to our taxpayers for all our investments."