By Nate Smith
Washington Times Herald
WASHINGTON — Former Washington Clerk-Treasurer Elaine Wellman was elected Saturday to be the new Daviess County Treasurer in a special Republican caucus.
Wellman replaces the late Martin Mumaw III, who died March 20 of cancer. She defeated Patty Rayman and Tim Wright in the caucus of precinct committee members countywide.
Mumaw was re-elected to a four-year term last November and Wellman will finish Mumaw’s term. Circuit Judge Greg Smith sworn Wellman in Monday morning.
Before her county appointment, Wellman was the Clerk-Treasurer for the city for eight years before deciding not to run in 2011. Currently, her husband Joe is the mayor of Washington.
“I am looking forward to working with the staff in the Treasurer’s office to continue serving the citizens of Daviess County,” Wellman said in a release. “The staff has many years of experience so I believe the public will continue to be well served.”
Before her election to the city, Wellman had previously worked in the county courthouse in the recorder and clerk’s offices. She has also served as Secretary and Treasurer for the Daviess County Republican Central Committee and on committees for many of its functions.
She holds an accounting degree from Vincennes University and earned Indiana Accredited Municipal Clerk and Certified Municipal Clerk designations during her tenure as City Clerk-Treasurer.
Wellman serves on the board of the Daviess County Community Foundation and Senior and Family Services. She is a member of the Monday Afternoon Club and an honorary member of Psi Iota Xi, and was recently elected President of the Heartbeat of Washington merchant's association.
She is a member of Our Lady of Hope Church and along with her husband, have three daughters and five grandchildren with a sixth expected in August.
Mumaw’s position as chairman for the Daviess County Republican Party was also filled Saturday by the election of Jan Schuler-Hicks. She will also fill a four-year term.
“I am excited to assume the duties of leading the party,” Schuler-Hicks said in a release. “We want to stay focused on the traditions and values of our Republican party and at the same time, look to the future with new ideas, expand our membership, and serve current Republican elected officials and candidates for future elections.”
Filling out the rest of the GOP leadership, Tom Stephens will serve as vice chairman. Wellman and Ann Perkins will continue as secretary and treasurer respectively.