About the Treasurer
Angela L. Higginbotham, Treasurer
1714 Cascade Drive, Pembroke, Virginia 24136
(540) 921-1240 (W)
Overview of Professional Experience
Constitutional Officer Commonwealth of Virginia
Treasurer of Giles County |Manager Department of Motor Vehicle Licensing Agency |License Agent Department of Game and Inland Fisheries |Social Services Fiscal Agent |Revenue Collection Agent Giles County Public Service Authority
July 1, 2018- Present
• The scope of the treasurer’s responsibilities encompasses the collection of state and local funds, the disbursement and investment of local funds, and the accounting for those funds.
• Other duties include budget preparation, preservation of records, and preparation of unclaimed property reports.
• Handles procurement and purchasing for internal office, office management, personnel issues, and must be knowledgeable of the laws pertaining to these functions.
• Involved with all phases of public accounting.
• Daily interaction with the public dealing with Treasurer and DMV related issues.
• The treasurer is an elected official and operates independently of local government.
• Operate and manage a Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles licensing agency in addition to being Treasurer. Volume of business is approximately $800,000 yearly.
• License agent for Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
• Bill and collect revenue for the Giles County Public Service Authority.
Chief Deputy Treasurer / Bookkeeper for County of Giles
August 20, 2001 – June 30, 2018
- Reconciled bank statements
- Processed monthly direct drafts for taxpayers
- Controlled General Ledger Postings
- Maintained Software Collection System
- Oversaw collections processes that resulted in tax collection rate of 99% and higher
- Provide backup to teller windows
- Provide reports to the Giles County Board of Supervisors
1988 to 1993 – Radford University
Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting)
2018 to current – University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
Master Governmental Treasurer Certification Program
2001 to 2018 – University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
Master Governmental Deputy Treasurer Certification Program
1988 – Pulaski County High School, Dublin, Virginia
Awards and Special Recognition
- Master Governmental Treasurer – 2018
- Deputy Treasurer of the Year awarded by The Treasurer’s Association of Virginia – 2011
- Master Governmental Deputy Treasurer – 2002
- Boy Scouts of America awards: Cub Scouter Award, Den Leader Award-WEBELOS, Scout Leader’s Training Award, and the District Award of Merit
The below was written by Giles County’s prior Treasurer, Gerald W. Duncan.
While working as Mr. Duncan’s Chief Deputy for 16 plus years, his vision and beliefs were the focus for the whole office and became my own vision.
I plan, as Treasurer, to continue and expand on what Mr. Duncan achieved through his statement below.
“My vision has always been to create an office, an atmosphere focusing on the best, the utmost customer service as we work for and with the people of Giles County as they interact with the Treasurer’s office. I feel we have been very successful in our objective.
Second focus was automation of the office and respective operations. Since taking office in 2000, the Treasurer’s office has leveraged changes in technology and made upgrading and modernizing all operational phases a top priority in order to improve productivity and service to the citizens. A major accomplishment, customers now have a 24/7 payment portal on-line to pay all bills sent by this office.
A third focus was to make the Treasurer’s office a one-stop for the people of our county to conduct their government business as much as possible by expanding services beyond those prescribed by the Constitution of Virginia for Treasurers. In summary this office collects taxes, sells vehicle decals, sells animal licenses, collects State Income tax, sells Virginia hunting and fishing licenses, bills and collects revenue for PSA and is a DMV Select Office.
One of the primary responsibilities is the collection of tax revenues. We have averaged 100.2% collection rate over the 16 years. We continue to work with taxpayers to establish payment plans to improve our collection rate and more importantly, help taxpayers meet their obligation.
I am very proud to state that our office has received the Award of Office Accreditation by the Treasurer’s Association of Virginia sponsored by the Compensation Board, Commonwealth of Virginia. Along with myself being certified as a Master Governmental Treasurer, our office has four staff members certified as Master Governmental Deputy Treasurers through the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia and two recently hired staff members working on certification.
I advocate an open door policy. If you have any questions and/or suggestions as to how we can better serve, please do not hesitate to call upon me.”