Foothill resident files for clerk-treasurer

Heather MacDonnell

Heather MacDonnell


A Foothill resident and former city treasurer filed for Douglas County Clerk-Treasurer on Wednesday.

Heather MacDonnell, a 42-year-old Republican, has lived in the county for six years and will face sitting Clerk-Treasurer Amy Burgans.

“I have dedicated my career to my community working in local government for the last 16 years and enjoyed very much my elected position as treasurer,” she said. “I take pride in being a public servant and do all I can to serve the people. I look forward to serving as the clerk-treasurer in Douglas County and bring my training and skills.”

MacDonnell said she started her public service career in 2006 as deputy treasurer in Alturas, Calif. She was then sworn in as city treasurer in November 2011, where she oversaw the city budgets, investments and all facets of the treasurer’s office. She was re-elected and maintained the position until relocating with her family to Douglas County in 2016.

“Managing the county treasury is a huge responsibility and should be trusted only to someone with years of experience and qualifications,” she said. “I also offer extensive experience in elections including several in Douglas County and election integrity is a priority for me. You need training and experience to make that happen and I will bring that to the position”

MacDonnell served as an accountant in the finance department before being promoted to Public Works administrative services manager.

She said she oversees the utility billing for more than 4,000 customers and helps maintain the department budgets and capital projects.

MacDonnell and her husband Jeff MacDonnell were foster parents helping many children and their families for many years. She also served as an elections volunteer, precinct volunteer, member of California Municipal Treasurers Association and an active member of the Douglas County Sherriff Search and Rescue team, serving as board secretary.

The couple has three children, with two Douglas High graduates, while their youngest is in middle school.

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With Nevada’s closed primary system, the clerk’s race will appear on the primary ballot in June.


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