By Noah Alatza
Westfield Clerk-Treasurer Cindy Gossard has filed to run for re-election.
Gossard, who has served Westfield since 1993, said she wants to see the city continue to move forward.
“This office is a bridge between the administration, executive and legislative branches,” the 30-year Westfield resident said. “We need to keep this separation for our checks and balances of the city government. I am invested in the city, and this is my home.”
Gossard joined Westfield government in 1993 as the utility clerk. Gossard became deputy clerk in 1996 and was appointed to clerk treasurer in 2001 following the resignation of the previous clerk treasurer. She was then elected to four-year terms in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.
Gossard is the city’s chief fiscal officer and oversees the receiving and disbursing of money for accounts receivable and payable, taxes for utilities, payroll and any other funds ordered by the city council.
Gossard said she values an open-door policy and, if re-elected, would continue her open communication.
“I have always worked and will continue to do so to grant the people of Westfield an open, honest, transparent and complete service to every resident,” she said. “The most important aspect is stewardship, which is taking care of Westfield, and I will continue to do that.”
Gossard also is responsible for maintaining city records, books and papers and recording meeting minutes. She said she has overseen at least 22 city audits.
“My values remain the same. That has never changed,” she said.
Gossard has acquired several certifications from Ball State University, including being a Certified Public Finance Administrator. She also was accepted to the Master Municipal Clerk Academy.
Gossard is running against the city’s financial strategist, Tammy Havard, in the primary. Much of Havard’s campaign is centered around increased transparency.
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