4 finalists to be interviewed for Montcalm County treasurer


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 9:21 pm on Friday, December 02, 2011

STANTON — Four candidates out of seven that applied will be interviewed to become the next Montcalm County treasurer.

County Clerk Kristen Millard, County Prosecutor Andrea Krause and Probate Judge Charles Simon III met Thursday to review applications.

The finalists are Lori Graham of Howard City, Charles Hazekamp Jr. of Stanton, JoAnne Vukin of Howard City and Catrina Woodruff of Six Lakes.

They will be interviewed at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The public may attend the interviewing process.
Whoever is selected will be hired to fill the remainder of current Treasurer Marcia Sawdy’s term until Dec. 31, 2012, and has the option of running for a new four-year term in the November 2012 election.

Sawdy is retiring effective Dec. 31 after 15 years as treasurer.

Lori Graham

Graham became clerk of the village of Pierson last March.

She previously was an accountant at the Mescosta County Medical Center from April to August 2007, West Michigan Business Services Kent Radiology from 2004 to 2007, Project Rehab Employment Assistance Center from 1999 to 2002, Thompson Remodeling Inc. from 1997 to 1999, Fritz Duda Co. from 1995 to 1996 and Nations Bank Mortgage Control from 1989 to 1995.

Graham has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas.

Charles Hazekamp Jr.

Hazekamp previously was director of business and management services at Richmond Community Schools from 2006 to 2009 and became superintendent in addition to those duties from 2009 to 2010.

He also was executive director of finance at Muskegon Public Schools from 2004 to 2006, chief school business official at Central Montcalm Public Schools from 1984 to 2004 and director of facilities and transportation at Holland Public Schools from 1987 to 1998.

Hazekamp has a bachelor of science degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in management from Aquinas College.

JoAnne Vukin

Vukin has been chief deputy treasurer for Montcalm County since 2006. Sawdy has recommended Vukin as her replacement.
Vukin previously was deputy treasurer for Pierson Township from 1989 to 2006. She studied criminal justice for two years at Michigan State University.

Catrina Woodruff

Woodruff has been chief deputy register of deeds for Montcalm County since 1997. She previously was a teller at Chemical Bank from 1993 to 1997.

She has an associate’s degree in accounting from Montcalm Community College and is currently working on a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Ferris State University.

Other candidates for the Montcalm County treasurer’s position were Robin Allen of Stanton, Nanette Mohr of Greenville and Glenn Ritter of Sheridan.

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