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Meet Your Neighbor

La Harpe City Treasurer

by Deb Olson, The Quill

Meet you neighbor Carmen Jackson, the new City Treasurer who has been appointed by the La Harpe Aldermen to administer or manage the financial assets and liabilities of the city.

Carmen was voted into office and administered the oath of office as La Harpe City Treasurer at the special meeting held June 27th.

Carmen replaced long-time La Harpe City Treasurer Marcia Neff who resigned last month.

She currently lives in La Harpe but she was born in Yuma, Colorado where she lived until she was 11 years of age.

At the time, upon the death of her step-grandfather, her family moved to Niota in 1973.

Carmen has three daughters, Tiffany Foster of La Harpe, Amanda Savage of Keokuk, IA and Carlie Jackson, who lives with her mother in La Harpe. She also has 8 grandchildren.

Carmen graduated from Nauvoo-Colusa High School. She then attended SCC in Keokuk, IA where she earned her 2-year accounting degree.

Previously, Carmen worked 13 years for Keokuk Steel Casting Company in the payroll department.

Then she worked 4 years at Keokuk Contractors where she did the office accounting.

Next she worked 4 years for Borders Heating and Air Conditioning where she served as office manager.

All her jobs were in Keokuk, Iowa.

Carmen is a member of the Nauvoo Presbyterian Church.

Carmen says, she loves politics. She is excited about her new job and feels that the city is where it all starts. "It is the grassroots level of politics," she says.

Carmen is happy to be able to use her accounting experience and knowledge to help the city of La Harpe.

When asked about future plans Carmen replied that she will take it one day at a time.