Bundick Retires, Lilliston Runs

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By Linda Cicoira — Accomack County’s treasurer won’t be seeking another four-year term in November but a 14-year veteran deputy treasurer is planning to run for the post.

“I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the citizens of Accomack County for the past 24 years,” Treasurer Dana T. Bundick said. “I could not have done so without the support and help of my co-workers, both past and present.” 

Bundick was first elected in 1995 and won a total of six elections.

Deputy Treasurer James A. Lilliston Sr., of Melfa, hopes to be her successor. 

Lilliston said his “main duty has been the collection of taxes” but he also has “assisted in providing tax invoices to all the towns in Accomack County.” In addition, Lilliston said he partners with the county health department twice a year to provide rabies clinics ensuring that all dog owners have the opportunity to purchase licenses for their pets, which are sold at the treasurer’s office.

During his years in the job, Lilliston said he developed “a positive reputation amongst community members and business owners … whether it is town managers contacting him for assistance with improving their business practices, assisting the lawyer offices and title companies … or providing an explanation of the tax process to our taxpayers.”

Lilliston said he has completed several deputy treasurer classes in Virginia Beach and Richmond that have prepared him to step up to the top job and he has always tried through knowledge and compassion to resolve problems. Before joining the treasurer’s office in 2005, Lilliston worked at Food Lion, in Onley, for 14 years. 

Lilliston says he has a reputation for being “humble” and the “drive and passion for the job” and “a support staff with over 80 years of experience.” He promised he “will do his best to be fair and understanding in every possible situation” and “will assist anyone in any way that he can.”

With these qualities and his commitment and loyalty to Accomack County and its taxpayers,” Lilliston said he is “truly a great asset to the county.” 

Lilliston is an active member of Burton’s Independent Methodist Church, where he serves on the trustee board and assists with church finances. He is a 1991 graduate of Nandua High School and earned a business management degree with an emphasis on computer information systems in 1997 from the Eastern Shore Community College. Lilliston and his wife of 22 years, Tysheia, have five children and five grandchildren.