STANTON — Montcalm County Chief Deputy Treasurer JoAnne Vukin will be the new county treasurer next year.
Vukin, of Pierson Township, will 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.
County Clerk Kristen Millard, County Prosecutor Andrea Krause and Probate Judge Charles Simon III met Wednesday to interview four finalists from a total of seven candidates who applied. Half a dozen community members also attended the interviews.
Vukin has been chief deputy treasurer for Montcalm County since 2006. Sawdy recommended her as her replacement.
“I’m very honored,” Vukin said.
Krause said Vukin stood out from the other finalists because of her valuable experience working in the treasurer’s office for the past five years.
“She obviously knew the office and the duties of the treasurer really well,” said Krause, speaking on behalf of the interviewing committee. “She presented well in the interview and answered all our questions in a knowledgeable way. We just felt that she could step in and do the job come Jan. 1. That was probably the most important aspect, getting someone in there who could get the ground. We just felt JoAnne Vukin was the best fit for the job.”
Vukin previously was deputy treasurer for Pierson Township from 1989 to 2006. She studied criminal justice for two years at Michigan State University.
The three other finalists were Pierson Village Clerk Lori Graham of Howard City, retired school finance officer and administrator Charles Hazekamp Jr. of Stanton and Montcalm County Chief Deputy Register of Deeds Catrina Woodruff of Six Lakes.