Former deputy announces candidacy for county treasurer

Former deputy announces candidacy for county treasurer

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Jill Johnson has had an up-and-down experience with the Doña Ana County Treasurer’s Office, and now she hopes to be elected to the top position there.

Johnson, a former chief deputy treasurer, announced Wednesday, Jan. 20, that she will seek the office of Doña Ana County Treasurer this year.

The current treasure is her former boss, David Gutierrez.

Johnson, a Republican, started working for Doña Ana County in 2006 as the organization’s first internal auditor. Following that, she became the chief deputy treasurer working for Gutierrez.

Johnson said she was fired from the position by Gutierrez for reporting unethical behavior within the office. At the time the county released a statement saying Johnson had resigned. She said she sued and was then offered another position within the county.

Later, Gutierrez was accused sexual harassment involving another employee in the department and was asked to resign by the county commission, which he refused to do.

Johnson reports she is an accountant with more than 30 years of experience with accounting, investments and internal auditing. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from San Diego State University. She moved to Doña Ana County in 2004.

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