Town clerk-treasurer candidates stress experience

Crothersville’s clerk-treasurer is facing a challenge in the general election from a woman who held that position for 12 years.

Republican Terry Richey was appointed in January 2014 to finish the term vacated by Michele Teipen, who resigned when she moved out of town for family reasons.

Democrat NaLona Deputy Bush served as clerk-treasurer from 2000 to 2011. Both are banking on their experience to help them if elected.

Along with being clerk-treasurer, Richey is the corporation treasurer for Crothersville Community Schools. In both jobs, she uses the same payroll and budget software.

“Because of this, I was able to step in and help out immediately without time spent training,” Richey said of when she took over as clerk-treasurer.

“This has made it very easy for me to be able to assist (the town) and give them new and/or easier ideas of how to do payroll and budgeting.”

Richey said she also has been through many State Board of Accounts audits and is aware of what is required and knows how to use those as a learning tool.

Bush, who works for Valeo Lighting Systems, said she has a passion for serving the public and feels the clerk-treasurer’s position is where she can best provide support to the town’s residents.

“I was honored to serve as Crothersville’s clerk-treasurer for 12 years,” she said. “During that time, I worked hard to benefit the community. I have strong municipal financial skills that are relevant to the duties performed.”

Richey said the clerk-treasurer’s most important function is making sure the town is kept in good financial position.

That’s done by monitoring the budget, ensuring the books are balanced on a monthly basis, staying current on state and federal reporting requirements and keeping the town council informed about funds, she said.

“Without this information, (council members) have no way of knowing they are doing what is right for the town as far as financial matters are concerned,” she said. “It is the job of the clerk-treasurer to keep them informed.”

Bush said it’s important for the clerk-treasurer to provide guidance and support to the town’s citizens.

“The town’s clerk-treasurer’s office is at times the first place a person goes for help or information, whether it is someone new to town or a lifelong resident,” she said. “Community members should always feel welcome, be treated with respect and know their questions or concerns will be heard.”

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Zach Spicer is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at zspicer@tribtown.com or 812-523-7080.