Franklin County Treasurer's Office


John Gulley, Treasurer

John Gulley was elected Franklin County Treasurer in 2006, and was re-elected to subsequent terms in 2010 and 2014. He is a lifelong resident of Franklin County.

The duties of a county treasurer are twofold. First, the county treasurer is responsible for serving as the chief financial officer of Franklin County government. This includes managing the county’s financial portfolio; collecting the county’s revenue; paying the county’s bills; paying payroll for county employees; managing the budget; advising the county board on budgetary issues; and managing the county’s investments.

Second, the county treasurer also serves as the ex-officio tax collector for dozens of taxing bodies throughout the county. The units of government that rely on real estate taxes to function—school districts, community college districts, cities, townships, fire departments, libraries, the county, etc.—depend upon the county treasurer to collect real estate taxes on over 32,000 parcels of land in Franklin County. While the county treasurer does not assess property values or set tax rates, he is the official responsible for collecting tax revenue and distributing it to the proper entities.

John has spent his entire career in public service. Prior to being elected county treasurer, he was a business development representative for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and served two terms as Tyrone Township trustee. In addition to experience, he holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He and his wife Nancy live in rural Sesser along with their two daughters.