WHITING | For residents who hadn’t noticed, there’s a new name on the door of the Whiting Clerk-Treasurer’s office.
Former Clerk-Treasurer Mark Adam has gone on to greener pastures, taking a job with an Indianapolis consulting company, according to Mayor Joe Stahura. Adam’s replacement, John Hayes, 57, had his first official day on the job Nov. 4.
Stahura wished Adam well, saying he understood why he pursued the opportunity and left the elected office with two years and a month left in his first term.
Stahura said that when he learned Adam was planning to leave, he searched for someone qualified to take on the role of the city’s chief financial and investment officer.
He noted that Hayes is a lifelong Whiting resident who worked as an auditor with a corporation in Chicago until his recent retirement.
“It’s really difficult to find someone who would want the clerk’s job because of the level of responsibility involved and also have the skills you need to do the job successfully,” Stahura said. “He’s doing this as a favor to me. He’s really helping us out here.”
Hayes’ appointment first required the approval of the Whiting Democratic Central Committee about two weeks ago. But Hayes had been working in the clerk’s office in a support role since June, learning on the job from Adam and easing the transition.
Hayes said he appreciated the opportunity for the transitional period.
“I plan to make some changes in the office, including more efficient processes and reducing paperwork,” he said. “Mark did a great job while he was here.”
Hayes said he has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University and is a certified fraud examiner. He worked in his former employer’s internal audit department for nearly 34 years.
The clerk-treasurer is responsible for managing a full-time deputy clerk-treasurer and a part-time office staffer as well as two Water Department employees.
Describing himself as a “non-politician,” Hayes said he is undecided if he will eventually run for a full term.