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Wayne County Treasurer resigns after 3 months

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Mar 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 21:14:26-05

After just three months on the job, Wayne County Treasurer Richard Hathaway is resigning.

Hathaway cites "personal family matters" in his resignation letter, which was submitted to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett and Chief Judge of the Wayne County Probate Court Freddie Burton, Jr.

Hathaway writes that his Chief Deputy Treasurer will fulfill the duties of Wayne County Treasurer until a successor can be named.

Prosecutor Worthy released the following statement about Hathaway's resignation.

I was confident that Richard would lead the Treasurer’s Office through at least the next few election cycles. Being the treasurer is a full time commitment. He was genuinely concerned that the recent confluence of family events would not allow him to serve with the excellence and time commitment necessary. This illustrates what I have always respected about Richard and his core values: God, family, and great work ethic. If there were more people like him that deeply cared about their commitments, we would be in much better shape as a society. I hope that he will return to my office one day – albeit in a part time capacity.

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans released the following statement:

Treasurer Hathaway has dedicated his career to public service. Our administration was eager to work with him on new measures to keep Wayne County families in their homes; however we realize this must have been a difficult decision for Treasurer Hathaway and we wish him and his family the best.

You can read Hathaway's resignation letter below:

Hathaway Resignation letter

Hathaway replace longtime Wayne County Treasurer Raymond Wojtowicz, who retired in November.