Montcalm County treasurer retiring

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 2:55 pm on Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Marcia Sawdy

STANTON — The longtime treasurer of Montcalm County is retiring.
Marcia Sawdy was elected treasurer 15 years ago. She has worked for Montcalm County for 24 years and worked in government for 30 years.
Her resignation will take effect Dec. 31.
“I have decided that it is time for me to resign my position to enjoy the relaxing active life of retirement that I have worked so many years to obtain,” Sawdy said. “It has been a challenge at times, but a sincere pleasure serving the people of Montcalm County.”
She thanked everyone who has voted for her or complimented the way she ran the Treasurer’s Office over the years.
“Because of you I am retiring with enthusiasm and leaving this office knowing I have upheld my oath of office with integrity,” Sawdy said.
She is recommending Chief Deputy Treasurer JoAnne Vukin be appointed to fulfill the one remaining year of her elected term, which expires on Dec. 31, 2012.
“She is very knowledgeable of what goes on in the office and I am confident that she would be a great treasurer,” Sawdy said of Vukin.
Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause, County Clerk Kristen Millard and Probate Judge Charles Simon III will appoint Sawdy’s successor, according to state law.
“I have worked with Marcia for many years,” Krause said. “She has served the citizens of Montcalm County well. I wish her the best in her retirement.”
Eighth Judicial Circuit Court Judge David Hoort said he has the “utmost respect” for Sawdy and the professionalism demonstrated in her office.
“I can’t ever recall hearing directly or indirectly any undue concerns or incongruous remarks during her tenure with the county and, in this existing difficult economic and adversarial era, that is truly remarkable,” Hoort said. “I wish her the best and hope that she enjoys her well earned retirement.”
Sheriff Bill Barnwell has worked with Sawdy her entire career with the county.
“I have always found her to be very friendly, professional and efficient in her duties,” he said. “I wish her all the best in her retirement.”

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