The Rogers County Treasurer is going above and beyond—and several area cities and counties are reaping the benefit.
This week Treasurer Jason Carini said they are hosting a cash-handling course that is being attended by over 50 people representing six counties and three cities.
"This is something new for us," he said. "We're going above and beyond the minimum requirements the auditor asks us to do. I'm really excited about it."
Carini said they are never satisfied with "doing the bare minimum." Instead, he's "pursuing excellence."
The course is divided into two sessions, both being held in the Rogers County Courthouse.
The four-hour course was taught by Norman's city treasurer Anthony Francisco, representing the Association of Public Treasurers.
Francisco told the group—"We have an interesting topic. Our topic is money, something everyone is interested in."
He said the course would cover a broad range of cash handling procedures, "things state statute and federal law" require.
He explained that by "cash" he meant currency, checks, debit and credit transactions and a host of other things.
"But the cash you're handling is a little different, it's the people's money," he said. "It's money people don't always have a choice in paying. People can choose to spend money with Carl's Jr. or McDonalds but they don't have a choice in paying their taxes or speeding tickets. Because there is a statute that says they have to pay you, you're held to a higher standard."
He told his fellow cash-handlers he considers them to be “stewards of the public’s money.”
Francisco said bad behaviors, like embezzlement and fraud, reflect badly on them as a whole.
"When people read the newspaper, often they only read the headline," he said. "So when they see 'city employee' they picture you. ..It's all of us."