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State Treasurer Dennis Milligan, who served as Saline County Circuit Clerk from 2011 to 2015, stands near the vault in his office at the Capitol.


A change maker


By State Treasurer’s Staff Proven innovator Dennis Milligan takes his ideas, philosophies to the Capitol


“that’s how we’ve always done it” as an excuse to block progress. Milligan, who served as circuit


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clerk from 2011 until 2015 when he became the Treasurer of State, made many changes that advanced his county office.


uring his time as Saline County


Dennis Milligan never accepted the


Circuit Clerk, phrase,


“It seemed like every time I came up with a better, more efficient way to conduct business, somebody would tell me we shouldn’t make a change be- cause ‘that’s the way we’ve always done it,’” Milligan said. “As a small business owner, I am always looking for an in- novative and more efficient way to do business. When you try to do that in government, people get upset at the idea of changes — even if it is change for the better.” During his time as a county official,


Milligan changed the way prospective jurors were notified when they needed to come to the courthouse for jury service. Te method being used when he took office involved jury panel members call- ing an answering machine on Monday nights to listen to a recorded message. If a jury trial was set for that week,


the recorded message told them when to come to court. In August 2011, only 19 people showed up for jury se- lection. Luckily, only 18 jurors were needed to fill the jury on that trial.


COUNTY LINES, SPRING 2015


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