Lake County News, CA – Patrick Sullivan announces his candidacy for Treasurer-Tax Collector

Patrick Sullivan. Courtesy picture.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The top contender for next year’s races for county office has officially thrown his hat into the ring.

Patrick Sullivan of Upper Lake has announced his intention to run for the office of Treasurer-Tax Collector in the upcoming June 2022 election.

The post is currently held by Barbara Ringen, who has indicated she intends to retire when her term ends in January 2023.

Sullivan currently serves as Lake County’s tax administrator, a position he accepted in 2018 and has held for three years.

“My efforts to increase Lake County revenue from internal and external sources are making a difference here in Lake County,” Sullivan said. “As Lake County Treasurer-Collector, I will be able to expand these efforts and continue to improve the county’s financial resources, which, in turn, will ultimately improve the overall quality of life for county residents.”

He worked on a variety of programs that increased Lake County revenue and strengthened county finances.

Sullivan’s efforts resulted in bringing short-term rentals on sites such as Airbnb and VRBO into compliance with county regulations and supported the continued development of the cannabis tax program and related fiscal policies.

His grant writing has resulted in Lake County receiving several state grants that Sullivan currently administers.

These grants were used to create an at-risk student support program in partnership with the Lake County Office of Education, fund code enforcement efforts to combat illegal cannabis cultivation, and create a local equity program that will reinject public funds into the community.

In addition to successfully acquiring new grant funds for Lake County, Sullivan was instrumental in securing third-party software that helps the county identify and monitor unregistered short-term rentals – often advertised on sites such as Airbnb and VRBO – and began enforcing registration requirements and collecting overdue transitional occupancy taxes.

He guided the process to retain an investment management and advisory service for the county to develop an investment program, and participated in its implementation.

Sullivan also helped coordinate the efforts of multiple county departments to successfully develop a comprehensive dataset that resulted in the integration of tax defaulting properties across the county into a searchable GIS platform.

He said his efforts on behalf of Lake County’s cannabis tax program have been especially critical to the program’s continued success, as regular changes in regulations and laws at all levels of government have required careful attention. constant.

Sullivan is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, where he majored in international relations.

He then attended law school at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, where he earned his Juris Doctorate. He is a licensed attorney and a member of the Lake County Bar Association.

Prior to accepting the position of tax administrator in Lake County, Sullivan worked for six years in the office of the Mendocino County Treasurer-Collector of Taxes. There, he served as an elected trustee alongside that county’s treasurer-tax collector, managing that county’s independent pension investment pool and benefits system.

Sullivan lives in Upper Lake with his wife and children. His wife, Anakalia “Andrea” Kaluna Sullivan, is a local business owner whose law firm is based in Lakeport. Her children attend local schools in Lake County.

Over the next few months, Sullivan looks forward to meeting with Lake County voters to understand their top tax priorities.

Esther L. Steinbach