IONIA — A deputy clerk in the Ionia County Treasurer’s Office has been appointed the new treasurer.
A committee comprised of Ionia County Probate Court Judge Robert Sykes Jr., Prosecutor Ronald Schafer and Clerk Tonda Rich appointed Judy Clark, 31, of Ionia, as the new county treasurer today.
The treasurer’s position was vacated when longtime treasurer Nancy Hickey died Nov. 24 after battling cancer. She was 63 years old.
The committee interviewed all six applicants who applied for the position. At the conclusion of the interview process, Clark was the unanimous selection by all three committee members.
According to Rich, one of Clark’s qualifications had to do with the arduous conditions Clark and other office staff endured during the past year as Hickey was battling cancer. Rich commended Clark for keeping the office together under trying circumstances.
Schafer said Clark demonstrated the best command of duties and functions of the treasurer’s office during the interview.
Sykes noted the loss of Hickey was difficult for everyone, but agreed Clark demonstrated considerable knowledge of the delinquent tax fund and county land bank and said Clark was the best candidate for the job.
Clark is a 1999 graduate of Ionia High School and a 2003 graduate of of Grand Valley State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She previously worked as an assistant bank manager in Lowell before being hired at the treasurer’s office in May 2008.
Clark’s new appointment will begin Jan. 1 and will last until the next general election in Ionia County. She will oversee three additional employees in the treasurer’s office.
“I was very, very pleased,” said Clark of her new appointment. “We’ve really been putting in the effort to learn what we need to learn to keep the office going while Nancy was going through her treatment. We’re going to keep doing the best we can.”