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Riverside County treasurer-tax collector to speak at July 11 AVMAC meeting


Last updated 7/11/2018 at 5:01am

ANZA – The Riverside County Treasurer-Tax Collector Jon Christensen will be the featured speaker at the Anza Valley Municipal Advisory Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 11, at the Anza Community Hall in Anza. His presentation will inform the public about the tax collection process and how these taxes are used.

Christensen is a fifth generation Riverside County resident who has dedicated his career to protecting the interests of taxpayers and ensuring county government is financially responsible. He brings his 26 years of professional money management experience to serve Riverside County and the taxpayers that call it “home.” His goal as fiduciary is keeping Riverside County finances safe.

As treasurer-tax collector, Christensen leads over 100 employees, processes over $14 billion annually and manages an investment fund worth more than $7 billion. His No. 1 priority has been preserving capital so that Riverside County residents can enjoy the high level of service they deserve.

Before joining the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office, Christensen worked as an associate vice president of investments at Morgan Stanley and as an investment adviser with A.G. Edwards. Knowing that his private sector experience could help save taxpayer dollars, Christensen joined the department as chief deputy treasurer-tax collector in 2002 to run the county’s investment pool that has grown by billions of dollars under his leadership.

Throughout his years at the county, Christensen has consistently proven that his steady handed leadership serves taxpayers well. After serving 16 years as chief deputy, senior chief deputy and as the assistant department head, the Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed him to serve as Riverside County treasurer-tax collector in August 2017.

Christensen’s record in county finance includes navigating Riverside through the global financial crisis and recession and maintaining Riverside County’s AAA bond rating, the highest possible, with both Moody’s and Fitch.

In addition to his role as treasurer-tax collector, he serves on the county of Riverside Investment Oversight Committee, the county of Riverside Pension Advisory Review Committee, the county of Riverside Debt Advisory Committee, the county of Riverside Deferred Compensation Committee and the California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors. Furthermore, Christensen serves as the ex-officio treasurer for all school and community college districts in Riverside County.

Christensen also serves as a county park and fish and game commissioner with the parks and open space district and has a passion for the outdoors and open space.

Christensen holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and served in both the U.S. Army and National Guard. He has been married for 28 years and has two children and one grandchild.

The AVMAC meeting is held every other month, and the council seeks input from the community on subjects that they believe need to be addressed by local government officials. To enter a subject to be addressed, contact via the website or call an AVMAC member.


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