Carbon County Treasurer Ronald J. Sheehan, a Democrat, has announced he is seeking re-election to a fourth term of office.

Sheehan, 47, is a lifelong resident of Jim Thorpe and the son of the late John W. Sheehan and Shirley (O'Neill) Sheehan.

A graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School, he spent nine years in the banking industry where he worked his way from teller to an officer's position.

In 1992, Sheehan took a position as accountant/fiscal deputy in the office of the Carbon County Controller, where he was responsible for audits and reconciliation of accounts for almost every agency, department and row office, including almost 60 accounts in the treasurer's office. He left the office when he was elected treasurer in 2001.

Sheehan has upgraded the computer system of both the license bureau and the treasurer's revenue receipting and account balancing systems. The treasurer's office received revenue from all county offices and acts as the central bank of the county. The treasurer is also the issuing agent for hunting and doe licenses, dog, fishing, small games of chance and bingo licenses. Sheehan also made dog licenses available for online internet sales.

In 2004, he drafted a comprehensive proposal for soliciting county depository services, and with the cooperation of the county commissioners, allowed all county banking institutions the opportunity to submit proposals for bank depository. The county moved from four depository banks to one, increasing county interest earnings.

Sheehan also drafted a county investment policy that allows all county banks to bid for county certificates of deposit. He established direct deposit as an option for county payroll and retirement benefits.

Sheehan also sits as a member of the Carbon County Retirement Board, which oversees the retirement program of the county's fulltime employees.

He was elected president of the County Treasurer's Association of Pa. in 2012 and previously served as vice president for two years. In June, he will be hosting the annual treasurers' conference at Split Rock Lodge in Carbon County.

Sheehan served eight years on the Jim Thorpe Borough Council, secretary of the Memorial Park Commission and on the borough's Planning and Civil Service commissions.

He is the executive director of the Asa Packer Mansion; president of the Evergreen Cemetery Board; vice chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jim Thorpe National Bank; and a charter member of the Carbon County Ancient Order of Hibernians.