Interviews set for Wayne County treasurer

Christine MacDonald
The Detroit News

A three-member panel choosing Wayne County’s interim treasurer will conduct hour-long interviews of all eight candidates next month, the group decided Thursday.

Interviews are set for noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 and Nov. 4, before a successor is named to succeed Raymond J. Wojtowicz, who is retiring Dec. 1 after 39 years.

A panel of county officials — Clerk Cathy Garrett, Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Chief Probate Judge Freddie Burton Jr. — will select the interim treasurer, who will serve until voters elect someone to a four-year term at the November 2016 election.

The post pays about $116,000 per year.

The candidates are Philip M. Cavanagh, D-Redford Township, a former state representative; Richard P. Hathaway, the county’s chief assistant prosecutor; state Sen. Bert Johnson, D-Highland Park; Beverly Kindle-Walker, a one-time candidate for Detroit City Council; George “Jerry” Paffendorf, CEO of Detroit data company Loveland Technologies; David J. Szymanski, who retired this summer as the county’s chief deputy treasurer; D. Etta Wilcoxon, who ran for Detroit clerk in 2013; and James W. Williams IV, who has run for the Detroit Public Schools board.