By SUE SUCHYTA
HEIGHTS – City Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton said her top priority as the next city treasurer is for a smooth transition, with no service interruption to residents, as she works with the staff to find ways to improve services, increase efficiency, and review internal controls and audit reports to maintain the integrity of the city treasurer’s office.
“The resolution from the Dearborn Heights City Council meeting Nov. 10 was a step in ensuring that restricted accounts and assigned funds are properly administered, per the city charter,” said Hicks-Clayton, who defeated City Councilman Robert Constan Nov. 3, 11,834 votes to 7,541.
Hicks-Clayton said that while Constan ran a “spirited campaign,” she did not agree with his tactics, which included references to her past personal financial challenges.
“I believe the voters spoke to that,” she said.
Once the city election results are certified, Hicks-Clayton will resign her city council seat. A swearing-in date has not been named.
“I will do so with great sadness, as it was an honor to serve our community in that capacity,” she said. “However, I believe the treasurer’s office needs strong leadership, focused on doing what is best for our citizens.”
Since August, Hicks-Clayton said she has worked with the staff, focused on learning how all aspects of the city treasurer’s office function.
As a member of the Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association, she also has completed classes and training, and conferred with seasoned municipal treasurers.
“I am dedicated to being the best treasurer I may be for the community,” Hicks-Clayton said. “My parents taught me hard work, perseverance, doing what is right and kindness are most important as qualities of your life.”
She said she is eager to get to work as treasurer.
“This is an exciting time, filled with challenges and nuances,” she said. “I am eager to build relationships based on honesty and trust.”