Incumbent Henry County Treasurer Scott Grindstaff will seek a seventh term to the post and has filed paperwork necessary to appear on the November 7 General Election ballot.
“Serving the citizens of Henry County is an honor and a privilege, and not one I take lightly,” Grindstaff said. “When I first ran in 1999, my goal was to improve the office both in customer service and in safeguarding the monies with which this office is entrusted. I believe these goals have been achieved in each of my 24 years of service, and I look forward to keeping those policies alive for another term.”
Grindstaff has had the designation as a Master Treasurer since 2002 and has modernized operations the Treasurer’s Office throughout his tenure. These updates were accomplished in part because of his extensive banking experience in the private sector before seeking office.
“With my banking background, we were immediately able to maximize interest income on the funds collected by the county,” Grindstaff said.
Grindstaff also Implemented the convenience of alternative payment options, helping ease the burden of citizens having to come to the County Administration Building to pay their bills.
“We have increased our online payments and over-the-phone payment options for our taxpayers,” Grindstaff said. “We have worked closely with those who struggled to pay on time and set up payment arrangements in accordance with the applicable laws.”
Several other policies have been updated during Grindstaff’s tenure, including the conversion to the Motor Vehicle License fee (which eliminated the annual car decals) and increasing the number of judicial sales to enhance collection rates.
“Our collection rates are constantly around 95% for Real Estate and Personal Property taxes,” Grindstaff said, “The additional judicial sales allow us to get delinquent accounts paid more quickly and abandoned properties back on the tax rolls with new owners.”
In addition to his local duties, Grindstaff is involved with the Treasurer’s Association of Virginia. He has served on the Board of Directors for several years and most recently chaired the Education Committee.
He currently co-teaches the Customer Service class for deputy treasurers across the Commonwealth, and in 2021 was awarded the Commonwealth Award by his fellow treasurers in appreciation and recognition of years of service to the Treasurer’s Association.
“I have tried every day of my tenure to treat others with respect, just as I want to be treated,” Grindstaff said. “I promise I will take the same approach for the next four years.”