Caucus to appoint new Ferdinand clerk-treasurer

By ALLEN LAMAN
alaman@dcherald.com

FERDINAND — After more than four decades of work at the Ferdinand Town Office, Bev Schulthise will retire from her post as the town’s clerk-treasurer at the end of the year.

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Schulthise, 66, cited minor health issues, the desire to catch up on things at home and visit family as her reasons for stepping down. A caucus of the Dubois County Democratic Central Committee will be held to appoint Schulthise’s replacement at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, at the Ferdinand Town Hall, 2605 Main St.

“It’s just getting harder,” Schulthise said. “This job is getting harder. I feel that probably someone younger should take it over. I’ve been here 40 years — I need a break.”

Schulthise’s term was originally slated to end in December 2019. Clerk-treasurer terms last four years and Schulthise’s replacement would need to run for re-election in 2019. Schulthise said she plans on sticking around the office in a deputy clerk role to help her replacement learn the ropes and wants to leave for good in March or April of next year.

Her main responsibilities include keeping track of the town’s income and expenses, reconciling six bank accounts, overseeing town payroll and recording the minutes of the town council’s meetings.

She was a utility clerk when she started working with the town in 1977 and was appointed clerk-treasurer in 1988 when the previous one resigned. Schulthise only ever had one opponent in an election — current Town Council President Ken Sicard in 1991.

She said her time as clerk-treasurer was enlightening and enjoyable, adding that the employees she works with are like a family. She will miss them, other clerk-treasurers she’s met through the job and the people the town does business with.

“That’s probably what I’ll miss the most,” Schulthise said. “The day-to-day operation in here in the Town Hall. Meeting people and talking to people.”

In retirement, she plans to visit her daughter Sara in San Francisco. Sara and her husband, Tiho, have two children: Greyson and Emery. Schulthise is also looking forward to visiting her cousin in Australia. She also has a son, James, who resides in Ferdinand. Schulthise’s husband, Gary, died from cancer in 2010.

Those wishing to apply for her position must be a Ferdinand resident and are required to complete a CED-5 Declaration of Intent. The declaration must be received by Dubois County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Huddleston by 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15. The paperwork can be picked up from Dubois County Clerk Bridgette Jarboe or printed online at in.gov and can be sent to the Dubois County Democrats at P.O. Box 322 in Jasper.

Those with questions can contact the DCD at 812-827-2508.




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