Dan Mierzwa appointed as Contra Costa’s next Treasurer-Tax Collector

Dan Mierzwa appointed as Contra Costa County's next Treasurer-Tax Collector
Dan Mierzwa (Photo courtesy of Contra Costa County)

Dan Mierzwa was appointed Tuesday to replace outgoing Russell Watts as the next Contra Costa County Treasurer-Tax Collector, effective Jan. 1, 2024.

Mierzwa will fill the remainder of the term vacated by Russell Watts, who announced he is retiring from the post this month after 13 years as the elected Treasurer-Tax Collector.

The current term for the elected office expires on Jan. 4, 2027. The annual salary for the position is $254,901.24, according to the County.

Mierzwa is currently Yuba County’s Treasurer & Tax Collector and must submit proof of residency and voter registration in Contra Costa County before he assumes the office.

Mierzwa will manage an office that acts as the bank for the County, providing financial services to County departments, schools, and special districts and managing more than $4.9 billion in the County’s investment pool, according to the County. The office also collects various taxes from businesses and properties in unincorporated areas.

“I’m honored by the opportunity to help during this transition in leadership and am committed to maintaining the levels of transparency and accountability with sound financial practices that serve the best interests of the public,” Mierzwa said. “We will also continue improving our online payment and business license application services and explore ways to save and recover costs to deliver our services.”