Biography of Shari L. Freidenrich, CPA

Meet your Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari L. Freidenrich

Shari Freidenrich was elected as Orange County’s Treasurer-Tax Collector in November 2010 and re-elected in both 2014 and 2018. She is responsible for overseeing the County of Orange’s $10 billion investment pool and serves as a trustee for the $20 billion Orange County Employee Retirement System. Shari is a member of the Audit Oversight Committee, the Public Financing Advisory Committee, and the Deferred Compensation Committee.

Prior to her service with the County of Orange, Shari was elected as the City of Huntington Beach Treasurer and served from 1996 to 2010. She previously served as a Controller for McDonnell Douglas Travel Company (now Boeing Travel Company), and also worked for McDonnell Douglas Corporation as an Auditing Specialist. Shari started her career with Deloitte & Touche, an international accounting firm.

Treasurer Freidenrich holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Washington State University in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and graduated summa cum laude. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) as well as a Certified California Municipal Treasurer (CCMT), a Certified Public Finance Administrator (CPFA), a Certified Public Finance Investment Manager (CPFIM), and an Advanced Certified Public Finance Investment Manager (ACPFIM). Shari is a Past President for the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada, a Past President of the California Municipal Treasurer’s Association and is currently on the Board of Directors for the California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors. She was elected to the Board of Governors for the Washington State University Foundation in 2014 and is currently serving on the Audit Committee, of which she is a Past Chair.

In 2016, Shari was listed on the Inaugural "OC 500” list compiled by the Orange County Business Journal in the civic leaders’ category. CLICK HERE to view the press release. She also won the Public Sector Local Leadership Award “Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet” by the Orange County Business Council. CLICK HERE to view OCBC article.

The latest innovation is the Mello App at mello.ocgov.com. Created in partnership with OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett and OC Information Technology, the Mello App utilizes property tax bill data to display the base levy and any special assessments in an easy to read format. The site can easily be searched by address or using an interactive overhead map, allowing all applicable property tax bill data to be displayed once the user selects a parcel. Parcels with Mello Roos and PACE assessments are identified with special icons.

In 2020, Shari implemented a temporary policy to cancel penalty cancellations for all taxpayers that had been impacted by COVID-19 saving over 6,000 taxpayers $3.1 million in penalties if base taxes were paid by June 30, 2020. Subsequent to the implementation of this policy, the Governor issued an Executive order limiting the cancellations to only homeowners and small businesses that have been financially impacted by COVID-19 that completed the request form and paid the base taxes by May 6, 2021. This EO is still in place today to assist these taxpayers.