PRINCETON — Derek Whited has thrown his hat into the ring for the Republican nomination for Bureau County Treasurer.
Whited of Princeton is married and has one daughter. He is a former Bureau County business owner. He grew up in Princeton and graduated from Princeton High School. He has lived in Bureau County most of his life. He currently works for the Walmart Distribution Center in Spring Valley in the Asset Protection Department.
Whited has an associate’s degree in business administration from Illinois Valley Community College and a bachelor’s degree in aviation administration from Lewis University in Romeoville. He did an internship in Grosse IIe, Mich., where he worked with several local and federal agencies. He has also worked at the Yuma (Ariz.) County Airport which was a shared-use airport with the U.S. Marine Corps and was hired as the airport operation supervisor where he worked with local and federal agencies. He was also part of the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Team where he was their supervisor. While there, he predominately handled all major problems, made the decisions to call in the director of operations or the airport director, made up all the work routines for the operation employees, interviewed for new hires and supervised all training.
Whited said his political ideology comes from three simple ideas: Smaller government, less taxes and personal responsibility.
“Smaller government means to stay out of peoples’ lives, and less regulations, so small and large businesses can bring the products people choose through the ‘Free Market System’ (based on needs or wants),” he said. “Less taxes is difficult to bring about, however, the taxpayer should not be burdened by out-of-control spending by its government. Personal responsibility is an individual idea, and I think it starts with leadership, or a lack there of.
“As Bureau County treasurer, I think I can help to maintain current tax levels, as well as, I would like to lower them through efficiencies at the county level,” he added. “I think working with other local governments, I can reduce the cost of doing business at the county level with simple business strategies and thinking outside the box.”
Whited said the county’s next treasurer will have a challenge managing the county’s money “because the banks are not giving the same returns on simple savings accounts that they once were. We need to look at other avenues for greater returns, and continue to save money for the taxpayer ... My time on the county board has taught me a lot. I expect to continue to learn more and continue to serve the people of Bureau County.”
Whited can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.