The Texas Constitution, Article 16, Section 44 – “(a) Except as otherwise provided by this section, the Legislature shall prescribe the duties and provide for the election by the qualified voters of each county in this State, of a County Treasurer…who shall have an office at the county seat, and hold their office for four years, and until their successors are qualified; and shall have such compensation as my be provided by law.” The Treasurer is elected countywide for a four year term of office.
Vivian L. Wood is the Williamson County Treasurer. Ms. Wood was first elected to office in 1994 and took office January 1, 1995. Ms. Wood is a Certified County Treasurer (since 1995) and the Certified Investment Officer for Williamson County (since 1996). She was appointed to the TexPool Advisory Board by the Texas State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn in 2001. Ms. Wood was selected to serve on the Texas Association of Counties Policy Analysis Group in 2002. Ms. Wood has served in all offices of the County Treasurers Association of Texas since 1996 and as president of the County Treasurers Association of Texas, served on the Texas Association of Counties Board of Directors. Ms. Wood was awarded the 2004 Texas Outstanding County Treasurer designation by the members of the County Treasurers Association of Texas in September 2004.
The Treasurer serves as the county’s banker. The treasurer is the chief custodian of all county finances. All funds belonging to the county received by any county official must be turned over to the treasurer on a daily basis. All monies of the county are kept in the county depository and the treasurer acts as the chief liaison between the county and the bank. The treasurer maintains records of all deposits and withdrawals, and reconciles all bank statements established under her signature. The treasurer collects all debts owed to the county not collected under the jurisdiction of another fee officer of the county. The treasurer is responsible for signing all checks and disbursing such checks as order by the Commissioner’s Court. The treasurer is the custodian of bail bond collateral funds. The treasurer is also charged with accounting for and disbursing all debt service funds for bonds and certificates of obligation funds.
As the investment officer for the county, the treasurer composes the county investment policy, investment strategies, and administrative policy for the investment of county funds in accordance with the Texas Public Funds Investment Act. She is the advisory to the county investment committee composed of the county judge, county commissioner, county tax assessor/collector and the county auditor. She reports to the court on the investment and withdrawal of investments of county reserve funds.
The treasurer must achieve 20 hours of continuing education annually to be a certified county treasurer. The designation as a certified investment officer also required 20 hours of continuing education on an annual basis.
Ms. Wood is a native Texan and has been a resident of Williamson County since 1969. She and husband Leo have three sons and daughters-in-law and two grandchildren.