Lonoke County Collector Therese O’Donnell announced she will be seeking re-election according to a recent press release.

“It has been my pleasure and honor to serve you and our county as your Lonoke County Collector,” O’Donnell said in the announcement. “I am seeking re-election to continue in your service.”

O’Donnell moved to Lonoke County in 1972 with her parents James and Patricia Stevens along with three brothers and one sister. She is a 1983 graduated of Cabot High School. O’Donnell has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and has a Level 4 Certification in Appraisal Management and Administration. In 2013 she graduated from the Lonoke County Leadership Program and was appointed to the Steering Committee in 2014. In addition, she is the Secretary for the Lonoke County Republican Committee.

O’Donnell is married to Paddy “Chip” O’Donnell in December 1989, who is a veteran of the United States Air Force and was stationed at the Little Rock Air Force Base when they met. Upon finishing his service, the couple made Lonoke County their home. They have a son Jonathan (Tabitha Acosta), two daughters Katrina and Makayla and a grandson Remington. The O’Donnell’s recently moved to Carlisle from the Bethlehem Road area where Therese grew up.

“I am and will be committed to the position 100 percent,” O’Donnell said. ” I have been a dedicated Lonoke County employee since March 1999. I started in the Collectors Office as part time and then transferred to the Assessor’s Office and became full time in January 2000. I worked in the office till March 2014 when I went back to the Collector’s Office. During my time with the Assessor’s Office I still worked with the Collector’s Office. I have experience with the valuations of property and preparing the tax books and sending out tax statements. Having this experience working in both offices is helpful to the citizens of Lonoke County.”

“My goal is and always has been to be of service to the people of Lonoke County,” O’Donnell said. “I work for you and you are my boss. I have enjoyed my time with the county serving the people and wish to continue my career as your elected official. I hope that you will re-elect me as your Lonoke County Collector. Thank you for your support.”