Appointment Committee Will Select Interim County Treasurer

Following the announcement last month by Berrien County Treasurer Bret Witkowski that he will step down from that role this month to move to the private sector, Berrien County administrators have established a Treasurer Appointment Committee which will take applications to fulfill the balance of his term running through the end of the year.

The Treasurer Appointment Committee has announced this afternoon that they are currently accepting applications for their consideration. The Committee, comprised of the Probate Judge Mabel J. Mayfield, County Clerk, Sharon Tyler, and Prosecuting Attorney, Michael Sepic, is authorized by statute to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Treasurer Bret Witkowski, for an appointment that would run for the remainder of the current term ending December 31, 2020.

The Committee is requesting candidates send a county application, resume’, and cover letter describing the applicant’s specific qualifications for the appointment.  The county application is available online at the county’s website by clicking this link:

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The application, resume’ and cover letter should be addressed to Berrien County Clerk, Sharon J. Tyler, Courthouse, 811 Port Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085 and should be received no later than 4:00 PM on March 27, 2020.

Desired experience may include:

  • Management of staff
  • Establishing and management of a budget
  • Familiarity with real estate matters
  • Familiarity with property tax administration
  • Experience with financial investments
  • Working collaboratively with other departments
  • Familiarity with standard accounting practices

For 2019, the annual salary of the Treasurer position had been established by the Board of County Commissioners as $85,240.  The position also offers health and retirement benefits.

The position is an elected post, and the person selected would have the option of running for a new term in the November election, but would also face the prospect of other interested candidates throwing their hats into the ring as well.