To the editor:
Since I have decided to run for clerk-treasurer of Beech Grove, I’d like to introduce myself (Jim Coffman) and provide some information regarding the office.
I was raised on Sumner Avenue, graduated from Roncalli and earned my bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. My family owns and operates Eckstein Shoe Store on Main Street.
Since I started knocking on doors a few weeks ago, I’ve found that many people are unsure what the clerk-treasurer does. Here are some the duties.
It is the responsibility of the clerk-treasurer to collect fines and fees as ordered by the governing body. The clerk-treasurer has no say on what is collected; therefore, the money in the city’s bank accounts comes from fines, fees and taxes that you have paid. The clerk-treasurer must efficiently distribute them.
Another task is to act as recording secretary and record keeper for the City Council and Board of Works. If meeting minutes are amended by the council or board, it’s the clerk-treasurer’s job to make the corrections public record.
It is also the officer holder’s responsibility to work with the mayor, the council and all city department heads to ensure that the city successfully serves its citizens. This includes employing the best spending practices and uses of taxpayer money.
When people work together, great things can happen. Let’s work together to sustain our unique sense of community. I ask for your vote, and as a community, we can make Beech Grove the best place to live, work and conduct business.