Jeannie Wilson is running for the Sebastian County treasurer/collector position in the Nov. 6 general election against Republican incumbent Judith Miller.
Wilson, 45, is a 2014 graduate of University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, on the Dean’s List each semester, with a degree in business leadership and a concentration in information technology, a news release states. Her coursework included leadership management, software development and database management.
Wilson understands the issues faced by both small business owners and corporations, she said. Wilson worked as a territory representative for Arkansas Correctional Industries, where she assisted government, nonprofits, and education agencies for 22 counties in northwestern Arkansas and the River Valley. Her primary focus with ACI was helping offices stay within tight budgets in procuring needed goods and supplies at the lowest cost.
Wilson worked as a brand representative for Nintendo of America, working on product development, logistics and product rollout in high profile test markets, the release states. Additionally, she understands the needs of rural residents after operating a small, organic, sustainable farm on family land outside Charleston, where she helped re-establish the Charleston Farmer’s Market before moving to her current home in Greenwood. Wilson said she is currently campaigning full time.
Wilson is a member of Junior League of Fort Smith, a foster parent for children aging out of the foster care system with GetReal24, an active Greenwood High School band boosters volunteer and a Westwood Elementary PTO homerun mom. Wilson and her family are proud members of the Greenwood United Methodist Church, where both she and her husband sing in the choir, according to the release.
Wilson is running for the treasurer/collector position because she believes in eliminating wasteful spending, creating full transparency so residents will know where their tax dollars are going and eliminating the charging of unnecessary processing fees when paying taxes online. She believes in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay, and will be available in office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., she says.
Wilson lives with her husband, James, and two children in Greenwood, where they have lived in Greenwood for three years. She was born in Monroe, La. Wilson's two oldest children attend college at UAFS and Arkansas Tech University and will graduate this year.
The yearly salary for the Sebastian County treasurer/collector position is $91,893, according to Sebastian County Human Resources Director Steve Hotz.