Eight vie for Wayne County treasurer job

Christine MacDonald
The Detroit News

Eight candidates are vying to become the interim Wayne County treasurer following the surprise resignation this month of Richard Hathaway three months into his term.

The deadline to apply was 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Candidates will be interviewed starting at 9 a.m. Friday in Room 700A by a three-member panel of elected officials consisting of Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Clerk Cathy Garrett and Chief Probate Judge Freddie Burton Jr.

The group expects to select a candidate at 2 p.m. April 4 for the post that lasts until June 30, 2017.

The candidates are:

■ Walter B. Bell, a former housekeeper at the Veterans Administration Ann Arbor Health Care System.

■Former state Rep. Phil Cavanagh, D-Redford Township, a former county commissioner.

■Shushiyah Hawkins, who has worked in retail and customer service.

■Beverly Kindle-Walker a former neighborhood city hall manager who has run for the treasurer’s job since 1996.

■William S. Noakes, Jr, a former Wayne County deputy corporation counsel who served as a vice president at Meijer for nine years and now heads his own consulting firm.

■Eric Sabree, the county’s chief deputy treasurer and a former chief assistant corporation counsel for Wayne County.

■Edgar L. Vann III, Wayne County Community College District’s director of government relations and son of the Rev. Edgar Vann II of Second Ebenezer Church.

■D. Etta Wilcoxon, who applied last year for the treasurer post and ran for Detroit clerk in 2013.

The treasurer’s seat will be on this year’s primary and general election ballots. The post pays about $116,000.

Hathaway was selected in December to succeed Treasurer Raymond J. Wojtowicz, who retired Dec. 1 after 39 years in the job. Hathaway was the county’s chief assistant prosecutor under Worthy and served as a county judge for nearly 25 years.

Hathaway announced this month that he would resign because of “personal family matters.” His last day is scheduled to be April 8.

Wayne County’s treasurer office holds annual tax foreclosure auctions, which some critics say have forced people from their homes, while allowing investors to buy land in bulk without paying taxes.