Meet the Treasurer
The Honorable Cheryl Brooks Sullivan is proud to be the first African American Franklin County Treasurer and the only African American elected County Treasurer in Ohio.
Early Life and Background
Treasurer Brooks Sullivan was born in Columbus, Ohio and spent her early childhood in England while her father was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen. She returned to the United States when she was six years old, moving around the country with her military family. Her family resettled in Columbus when she was nine, and she attended high school at Eastmoor and Marion Franklin and college at The Ohio State University and Franklin University.
Treasurer Brooks Sullivan is an avid community volunteer, public servant, and veteran. She served in the Central Intelligence Division of the Army Security Agency and held a top security clearance. She completed her military assignment in 1977 with an honorable discharge and returned home to Columbus, where she joined ranks with the Laborers’ International Union Local 423 and specialized in asbestos abatement. From 1980 to the present time she has been involved in the management, administration, appraisal, and sale of real estate in Central Ohio.
Accomplishments in Office
Treasurer Cheryl Brooks Sullivan began her first term as Franklin County Treasurer on September 4, 2017. Throughout her first term, she has prioritized new initiatives and partnerships to expand and modernize the technological tools available to taxpayers, streamline processes, and identify and provide support to populations at-risk of losing their home.
First and foremost, Treasurer Brooks Sullivan believes that a positive taxpayer experience is essential to the success of her office and is always looking for new ways to enhance that experience. One of the first initiatives she tackled upon taking office was expanding the email billing options for Franklin County taxpayers. Over the past two years, the system has gained over 10,000 new users and has saved the county tens of thousands of dollars in printing and mailing expenses. She also oversaw the installation of a call monitoring system in the Customer Service department that has improved staff training and continues to ensure that every taxpayer is receiving accurate and valuable information from her office.
Immediately upon taking office, Treasurer Brooks Sullivan saw concerning gaps in the collection and sharing of data across county agencies. In January 2019, Treasurer Sullivan took on an initiative to create a data portal and mapping tool to track foreclosures and evictions in Franklin County. This data collaborative is the first of its kind to bring administrative and census data together in the county. This interagency collaboration will result in more coordinated services for Franklin County residents, enable county officials to set realistic goals for mitigating foreclosures, and provide the data necessary to help officials set and track goals around homeownership.
A strong believer in operational excellence and continuous improvement, in August of 2018, Treasurer Brooks Sullivan developed a community partnership with The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business to bring students from their Six Sigma program into various departments within the County Treasurer’s Office each semester to implement strategies for process improvement. In the first year of this partnership, the Treasurer’s office welcomed two groups of students to pursue Six Sigma projects in the areas of mail operations and conveyance form processing, which have both resulted in increased productivity and efficiency across multiple county agencies.
During the federal government shutdown of 2019, Treasurer Brooks Sullivan championed a program that expedited consideration for relief on pending property tax bills for furloughed federal employees and others in the community that were going through life-altering situations. Federal employees who were furloughed or working without pay received a waiver for late interest and penalty fees and an extension on payments. The Treasurer is proud to be in a role with the authority to protect and help those in our community that need assistance in paying their property taxes.
Community Involvement and Service
Treasurer Brooks Sullivan believes strongly in public service and giving back to her community. Currently, her volunteer engagement includes: Chair of the Board of Directors of the Franklin County Land Bank, Chair of the Board of Ladies Go Home, The Ohio Memorial Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Homeport Ohio, Innis Gardens Village Civic Association, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated Gamma Zeta Zeta Chapter, Zeta Amicae, Louise Ann Lucky Scholarship Endowment, Bethany Presbyterian Church, Bethany Bronzeville Community Garden, and the Poindexter Village Historical Preservation and she is a Sustaining Member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Central Ohio Chapter.
She is the proud mother of two adult children and four grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys working on home improvement projects, collecting art, and listening to live music.