Humboldt County Treasurer and Tax Collector John Bartholomew Retires – Times-Standard
A beloved member of Humboldt County government is retiring at the end of this week and county supervisors say the integrity and kindness John Bartholomew brought to his work will be sorely missed.
“People think tax collectors are evil people,” said 4th District Supervisor Virginia Bass. “It’s like you’re a tax collector with a heart.”
Bass was speaking to Bartholomew at his final meeting of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors as county treasurer-collector on Tuesday. Bartholomew is expected to retire at the end of this work week and will be replaced by Deputy Treasurer and Tax Collector Amy Christensen, who is running unopposed in the upcoming election.
Bartholomew joined the county as assistant treasurer-collector in 2008 and was elected to his current position as chief of office a few years later. In total, Bartholomew worked for the county for 14 years.
Several of Bartholomew’s department heads and employees joined supervisors in thanking him for the way he approached the job.
“I wanted to thank you, John, for being a wonderful boss,” Christensen said. “You have taught our entire team to take ownership of our work and to take pride in learning and growing in our roles in the office. We will miss your insight and encouragement more than you will ever know.
County tax collectors across the state talked about how Bartholomew is a great resource outside of the county as well.
As a member of the California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors, of which he also served as president from 2016 to 2017, Bartholomew helped resolve legislative issues such as the transient occupancy tax for short-term vacation rentals. and cannabis regulation and taxation, said Jordan Kaufman, Kern County Treasurer-Collector and current president of the association.
“Thank you for your dedication, passion and knowledge with us over the years,” Kaufman said. “I have personally learned a great deal from you, as have many other treasurer-tax collectors across the state. Your insight, insight and humor will be missed.
Bartholomew said it was an honor and a privilege to serve as County Treasurer-Tax Collector and the high point of his professional career. The remaining treasury, tax and revenue collection staff are people who “do their jobs with integrity, due diligence (and) attention to detail”.
“The department is strong and the future will be bright,” he said.
Bartholomew thanked the department heads for their camaraderie as well as his 37-year-old wife, who he said stood with him through thick and thin.
Bartholomew said: “I’m really looking forward to spending the rest of my life with her in retirement.”
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