Steve Hotz, a 58 year old Fort Smith native announces his bid for Treasurer/Collector of Sebastian County. Mr. Hotz indicates he is well qualified for the position, having over 30 years experience in private business, as well as serving the last 2 ½ years as Sebastian County’s Director of Human Resources. During his 30+ years in the private sector Mr. Hotz has dealt with multi-million dollar budgets for both a Fortune 500 company and a $3 billion international company. He holds a Bachelor of Science Business Degree from the University of Arkansas, as well as a Masters Degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Finance.

Mr. Hotz states that he is a new set of eyes in county government, he will bring new ideas to the Treasurers/Collector’s Office, including ideas that will increase efficiency and save taxpayers’ dollars. "Working at the Sebastian County Courthouse these past 2 ½ years has opened my eyes to areas of improvement I know I can bring to this office. I will bring my experience to the table and review all procedures to see what works well, and what can be improved. I will make every effort to make this office efficient and convenient to Sebastian County residents and businesses, and make sure extra effort is given with regard to helping our veterans receive the services and privileges they have earned. Tax- payers can also count on me to keep an accurate and detailed account of all county receipts and disbursements while investing tax revenues in a conservative fashion."

Steve Hotz will be running against incumbent and fellow Republican, Judith Miller, the current County Treasurer/Collector. The salary for this office is $84,896 and runs on two year terms.

Mr. Hotz lives in Fort Smith with his wife of 34 years, the former Susan Ahlert. Susan is a Dental Hygienist with Arkansas Periodontal and Implant Associates, she and Steve have 4 children, all of whom live in Sebastian County. Mr. Hotz has been involved in many aspects of the community over the years, including volunteering many years to ring bells for the Salvation Army, coaching church league baseball, supporting Girls and Boy Scouts with various activities, and Industrial Representative for WAEDA and support for Robotics Competition to name a few. Mr. Hotz continues to be an active Rotarian, and has been for over 25 years. Steve and his family are members of Christ the King Church.

"I have a vested interest in this county and will do my best to serve all taxpayers of the county with respect, understanding and fairness," Steve Hotz explains. "I appreciate the support many have expressed to me regarding my bid for this office. It will be an honor to serve the taxpayers and our veterans."