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11/1/2012 3:00:00 PM
2012 candidate election profiles
Top Row: Kay Cook, Vickie James, John HaskellBottom Row: Dennis Cole, Steve Lyons, Darla McAlister
Top Row: Kay Cook, Vickie James, John Haskell

Bottom Row: Dennis Cole, Steve Lyons, Darla McAlister

Vickie James: County Treasurer

Vickie Bailey James is a Democrat seeking the position of County Treasurer. She is running against Republican Kay E. Cook.

She resides near Moorefield; and has a daughter, Natalie; a son, Daniel; a daughter-in-law, Melissa; and a grandson, Luke.

She holds an associate's degree in accounting from Ivy Tech Community College; and is a 1977 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

She is a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

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(1) What are your qualifications for the position you are seeking?

I have an associate's degree in accounting from Ivy Tech Community College, earning Phi Theta Kappa honors. I was elected and served two terms as previous county treasurer; and I am currently serving as deputy treasurer. I have a total of 18 years experience working in county government and serving the public.

(2) In your opinion, what is the single major issue that needs to be addressed by your office (or the county)?

I would like to take this opportunity to inform the public as to some of the duties of the county treasurer's office. We serve as the custodian of county monies and we oversee the investing of county monies. We collect inheritance tax, inkeepers tax, certified taxes and demands; we prepare and mail property tax statements; collect property taxes; calculate interest and penalties; and calculate split tax billing.

We issue clearance on mobile homes and alcoholic beverage taxes. The treasurer serves on the board of review and the board of finance for the county; and we maintain the county funds ledger; prepare settlement figures to balance with the auditor; maintain the daily cash book; and are responsible for the department's budget.

(3) How would you work to fix that issue?

Not applicable.

(4) If elected, what difference will people see in your office with you there? How will things change?

A new option available (coming soon) will be credit and debit card payments being accepted at the treasurer's office. Switzerland County officially went online with our mapping system through WTH. Long onto http://switzerland.in.wthgis.com; you can access information such as: assessed values, assessor's property card, deductions, tax bill history, payment history, images, sketches, and aerial views of property.

If at any time you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the office, at home or even in public. I am always here to help you. I am committed to serving the public and will continue to do my very best. I encourage you to show your support by exercising your privilege to vote for the candidate that you feel will do the best job for you.



Kay Cook: County Treasurer

Kay E. Cook is a Republican seeking the position of County Treasurer. She is running against Democrat Vickie James.

She resides in Patriot; and holds an associate's degree from the Indiana University/Purdue University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

She is a past President of the Kiwanis Club of Vevay; has served as a team captain for the Switzerland County "Relay for Life"; and was a past columnist for the Vevay Newspapers. She is an active member of the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Church, and is responsible for the weekly bulletins.

She is a member of the Posey Tappers Homemakers; the Red Hot Hatters; the NRA; and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She is a lifelong member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

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(1) What are your qualifications for the position you are seeking?

With well over 35 years of public service experience in City, County - as well as State levels of government, I spent the vast majority of that time in administrative and management positions.

I retired from the Indianapolis Police Department with the rank of Lieutenant having served there for over 30 years then almost immediately joined the Switzerland County Sheriff's Office as a road deputy - serving here for over two years, and later served for over a year with the Indiana Secretary of State's Office-Securities Division as an Enforcement Investigator.

As the Commander of the Indianapolis Police Department Arsenal I was responsible for the purchase, care and maintenance of over 1,500 weapons including handguns, shotguns, rifles, SWAT gear and incendiary devices for crowd control.

From there, I became the Forfeiture Coordinator and Liaison for IPD with local, state and federal agencies involved in the processing of monies, firearms and personal property confiscated during the commitment of crimes and upon conviction, ultimately forfeited. In this capacity I was personally responsible for the computerization of all records with an annual dispersion of over $1 million in funds.

For over two years, I served as the Commander of the IPD Volunteer Services Section consisting of approximately 175 officers roughly ranging from the age of 12 to 65. These officers comprised the Reserve Police Unit, Civilian Volunteer Police, Explorer Scouts - Post #435 and the Quartermaster. My duties ranged from hiring and firing, to training and disciplining while coordinating major events like traffic control for the Indianapolis 500 mile Race and the Indiana State Fair. In addition, I had to purchase, procure and maintain the uniforms, gear and vehicles of those officers while working within the constraint of my city budget.

Later I served as the Commander of IPD Asset Control and Fleet Maintenance and was responsible for the purchase, care and maintenance of over 1,000 police vehicles as well as the fixed assets of the Department including furniture, computers, electronic equipment, etc.

Throughout I have been a person who has consistently and repeatedly proven myself to be trustworthy, honest and capable who repeatedly introduced new ideas and procedures.

(2) In your opinion, what is the single major issue that needs to be addressed by your office (or the county)?

The entire office and all procedures need to be re-examined and updated where needed. Having the same two people running the same office the same way for over 18 years is not conducive to innovation and can instead be counter-productive and lead to stagnation.

(3) How would you work to fix that issue?

Given my diversified background, I feel I am the person to re-examine the Treasurer's Office with its duties and responsibilities and modify, update and improve where needed. I can look outside the box and seek educated input from individuals outside the county and the current system in both government and the private sector.

(4) If elected, what difference will people see in your office with you there? How will things change?

I intend to be more customer friendly and make the information valuable to the public better accessible utilizing the Internet. There will be innovations and improvements on the ways things used to be and plans made to allow growth in the future.



John Haskell: Commissioner, #1

John Haskell is a Republican seeking the County Commissioner seat in District #1. He is running against Democrat Dennis Cole.

He resides in Vevay; is married to Candis Haskell, and has six children and five grandchildren.

He is a 1976 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

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(1) What are your qualifications for the position you are seeking?

I have been a dairy farm owner and manager for 30 years. I was a member of the Switzerland County School Board for 18 years. I feel like I work well with people.

(2) In your opinion, what is the single major issue that needs to be addressed by your office (or the county)?

I think there needs to be a more conservative view. We need to be more financially responsible with boat and endowment money.

(3) How would you work to fix that issue?

We can't say yes to everything. People need to know that their tax dollars are being spent wisely and responsibly. Employees of the county need to know that they are needed, respected, and the backbone of our future.

(4) If elected, what difference will people see in your office with you there? How will things change?

More communication will occur; and more community ideals will be implemented. Our county roads will be the best; and there will be a long term commitment to a conservative and prosperous future.

I am not afraid to vote no or make major changes.



Dennis Cole: Commissioner, #1

Dennis Cole is a Democrat seeking the County Commissioner seat in District #1. He is running against Republican John Haskell.

He resides in Vevay; and two children and four grandchildren.

He is a 1972 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

He is a member of Switzerland County EMS, currently serving as the President of its board of directors; and is also a board member for Jeff-Craig Fire and Rescue.

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(1) What are your qualifications for the position you are seeking?

I have been a resident of Switzerland County almost my entire life, and I know this community well. I studied accounting and business management at Marion College, and I worked for 11 years at First National Bank in finance and as a loan officer.

I have held many positions of leadership in the community, and I have been a supervisor for the last four years at Indiana Kentucky Electric Corporation, where I am currently employed. I currently serve on two boards of directors within the county.

(2) In your opinion, what is the single major issue that needs to be addressed by your office (or the county)?

The biggest issue that this county faces is better management of funds that are available to the county commissioners. Helping each organization that has thrived from boat money become self-sufficient is a goal that we must set to make our future better. This will only be accomplished by creating a system for better communication between the commissioners and the public such as public forums and monthly meeting reports that are made public.

(3) How would you work to fix that issue?

I believe we start with responsible spending by looking at all contracts the county has and using available resources to make informed decisions. It is important to know where funds are being spent and making sure that the money is not wasted. Many times, making the best decision might mean asking the public to be aware of the issues and give their opinions for the future of this county to make it better for all residents.

(4) If elected, what difference will people see in your office with you there? How will things change?

I would like to see more information to the public on what is going on with the county; as well as better communication between the commissioners and the county council. This will help with how the county government is run and help to improve spending.

I would like to see a study done of how the riverboat revenue is distributed and how it has been spent in the past. It has been a blessing to have a business like Belterra in the county with the creation of job opportunities and the influx of visitors. A better understanding of these monies and where they are being spent will help the county commissioners and county council with distribution of these funds in the future.



Steve Lyons: Commissioner, #2

Patrick "Steve" Lyons is a Democrat seeking the County Commissioner seat in District #2. He is running unopposed for election.

He resides near Markland with his wife, Teresa; has a daughter, Annie Hicks, and two granddaughters: Emma Sullivan and Harper Hicks.

He studied business for four years at Indiana State University; currently serves as Vice President of the board of the Community Foundation of Switzerland County; and is Vice President of the board of the Southeastern Indiana Solid Waste District.

He is a life member of the NRA; and is a member of the AMOA, Moose, Sons of the American Legion; is a mason; and a member of the Switzerland County Sportsman Club. He is a "Sagamore of the Wabash".

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(1) What are your qualifications for the position you are seeking?

I previously served for 13 1/2 years as a county commissioner in Jefferson County, Indiana. I am currently serving on the Switzerland County Council; and is own and operate a small business.

(2) In your opinion, what is the single major issue that needs to be addressed by your office (or the county)?

There is a lack of communication to the public in regards to the activities of county government; and to improve the bidding process of county works projects to benefit the county.

(3) How would you work to fix that issue?

I would work closely with local media (newspaper and radio) to disseminate information to the public.

(4) If elected, what difference will people see in your office with you there? How will things change?

There will be more accessibility, as I will be available to talk with the public to address issues.



Darla McAlister: County Recorder

Darla McKay McAlister is a Democrat seeking reelection to the position of County Recorder. She is running unopposed in this election.

She resides near Vevay and is married to John McAlister. They have two sons and three grandchildren.

She is a graduate of Switzerland County High School.

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(1) What are your qualifications for the position you are seeking?

I have eight years of experience in the Recorder's office. I also have many years of experience in customer service and with teamwork.

(2) In your opinion, what is the single major issue that needs to be addressed by your office (or the county)?

We must continue to work to preserve and restore the historic records of the county.

(3) How would you work to fix that issue?

We are currently having books restored as our budget allows.

(4) If elected, what difference will people see in your office with you there? How will things change?

Changes in recording procedures are mandated through the State of Indiana code. We will continue to attend state-called meetings as well as reading bulletins and publications for updates on codes and requirements and continuing education.





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