EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a series of previews for referenda and city contested positions which will be on the ballot for the April 9 Consolidated Election.
MT. VERNON — Two candidates are vying for the position of City Treasurer in Tuesday’s upcoming Consolidated Election — incumbent Doris Stover and Mary Jo Pemberton.
Stover has held the position of City Treasurer for 12 years, and is seeking another four-year term.
“If elected to a new term, I will continue to work with the finance department of the city to ensure that everything pertaining to my job gets done in a timely fashion,” Stover said. “I consider myself to be reliable, honest and dedicated to doing a good job of serving the citizens of Mt. Vernon.”
Stover and her husband, Gary Stover, are the parents of three children, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is a native of Mt. Vernon who attended school here and graduated from Mt. Vernon Township High School.
“I worked in our family business, King’s Bakery, for several years and then went to work for the Mt. Vernon Register-News as bookkeeper, retiring from there,” Stover said. “For the past 12 years, I have served as the City Treasurer of Mt. Vernon.”
Pemberton has worked for the city for 35 years.
“I am retiring from my City of Mt. Vernon Director of Human Resources position on April 30, 2013,” Pemberton said. “I feel that serving as City Treasurer would be a way of giving back to the community. Plus, since this position, like Mayor and Council, does not serve on a full-time basis, I will be able to become more involved in the community and have additional time to spend with my family.”
Pemberton and her husband of 38 years, Greg Pemberton, are the parents of two daughters, Julie Underwood and husband Nate Underwood, and Valerie Pemberton. They have one grandson, Noble Underwood.
“Throughout my 35 years of employment with the city, I have worked closely with the finance department, understand the city budget/accounting and payroll processes and am accustomed to the Tyler Technology Software and Microsoft Office programs, and have fine working relationships with city officials and staff,” Pemberton continued. “If elected, I can assure you that my first responsibility is to the residents of the City of Mt. Vernon. I believe in transparent books and accounts and I will give 100 percent to keep the treasurer’s books and accounts in the same manner prescribed by the city ordinances and state statutes.”
Pemberton said with any public office, the first order of business if elected, would be to gain the trust of citizens.
“I will be an advocate for the citizens of Mt. Vernon and for sound fiscal management,” Pemberton said. “The city’s finances are in great shape, so I do not plan to ‘reinvent the wheel,’ but continue to be the check and balance upon the accounts of the city and upon other offices and departments in the city, which collect, manage and expend monies of the city.”
Pemberton is an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church, where she serves on the Finance Council and Liturgy Committee; is a former member of the St. Mary School Board of Education and the Home and School Association; is a member of the St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Auxiliary and serves on the scholarship committee; has participated in Citywide Cleanups, Relay for Life and Heart Walks, and has donated seven gallons of blood to the American Red Cross over her lifetime.
“I do not shy away from challenges and set high individual goals,” Pemberton said. “I ask that the citizens let my experience and qualifications work for them.”