Eight file for interim Wayne County treasurer post

Christine MacDonald
The Detroit News

Eight individuals have applied to become the interim Wayne County treasurer, as of Friday’s 4 p.m. deadline.

The applicants are:

■D. Etta Wilcoxon, who ran for Detroit city clerk in 2013;

■David J. Szymanski, who retired this summer as chief deputy Wayne County treasurer;

■George “Jerry” Paffendorf, CEO of data company Loveland Technologies;

■Richard P. Hathaway, chief assistant Wayne County prosecutor;

■Beverly Kindle-Walker, who has previously run for treasurer and the Detroit City Council;

■James W. Williams IV, who has previously run for the Detroit Public Schools board;

■Philip M. Cavanagh, a former state representative, and

■State Sen. Bert Johnson, D-Highland Park.

Current Treasurer Raymond Wojtowicz, 86, a Democrat and former mayor of Hamtramck, will retire Dec. 1 from the post he held for nearly 40 years.

A county panel consisting of Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Clerk Cathy Garrett and Chief Probate Judge Freddie G. Burton Jr. will make the appointment. The panel’s next public meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 22, in room 700A of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center.

The interim selectee will hold the post until the 2016 county elections.

cmacdonald@detroitnews.com