Dallam County Treasurer
Incumbent Wes Ritchey
By Robin Scott
As a lifelong resident of Dalhart, Wes Ritchey graduated from Dalhart High School in 1981 before going on to Texas Tech University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1986.
Ritchey served Dallam County as Treasurer since 1997 and is a Certified County Treasurer. Ritchey’s responsibilities also include serving as the Fiscal Officer for Dallam, Hartley and Sherman Counties Juvenile Probation Department and the Dallam/Hartley County Jail, Library and Extension Service. Ritchey also wears the hat of webmaster for the Dallam County website.
Ritchey stated, “I have always had an interest in serving the community.” He has served as President of the Dalhart ISD Board of Trustees, Dalhart Area Child Care Center Board of Directors, Dalhart Youth Center Board of Directors, Amarillo Area Red Cross Board of Directors, CASA 69 Board of Directors, Dallam County Appraisal District Board of Directors and the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board. Public service has been a passion for Ritchey since graduating from college.
Ritchey and his family are avid basketball fans. He has served as a coach in both the Dalhart Youth Basketball and Dalhart Youth Baseball programs. His wife, Melissa Mallory Ritchey, teaches Physics and Chemistry for DISD. The Ritchey’s have five children including 15-year-old Sarah, 14-year-old Roger, 10-year-old Sidney-10, 3-year-old Molly and the youngest of the Ritchey clan, 2-year-old Callie. The family actively attends the First Baptist Church of Dalhart.
Some of Ritchey’s accomplishments while serving as County Treasurer for the last 12 years include computerizing and updating the software in the County Treasurer’s Office, and allowing the office to continue as an efficient, one person office. Ritchey is particularly proud of having 12 consecutive “clean” audit opinions and pioneering the County’s transparency by adapting financial data to allow it to be placed online.
Ritchey hopes in the future to continue streamlining the office in an effort to make County Government even more responsive to its constituency.