Eric Wolfe making Democrat bid for city clerk-treasurer

Friday, April 17, 2015
Eric Wolfe Democrat City clerk candidate

Eric Wolfe announces his candidacy for City of Greencastle clerk-treasurer on the Democrat ticket.

Wolfe is a Greencastle businessman, real estate broker and DePauw University Campus Living and Community Development staff member.

"I am running for clerk-treasurer," he said, "to use my business background to serve the community and keep moving Greencastle forward. I am a creative problem-solver and believe in bipartisan teamwork to address the community's needs."

If elected, Wolfe said he would ensure a strong working relationship between the mayor and clerk-treasurer's offices, guarantee the city is investing its money where it will get maximum return, provide a high-quality customer service experience at the clerk-treasurer's office, and look for new ways to improve efficiency.

"We have to continue providing Greencastle citizens with the high-quality services they have come to expect from our city government," Wolfe said.

His additional goals include strict adherence to accepted accounting principles that will result in "no findings" on future annual Indiana State Board of Accounts audits of city finances. Wolfe said he is committed to the highest level of integrity in handling taxpayer dollars and pledges to do everything possible to make sure the public's money is properly stewarded and spent wisely.

Wolfe has been a local real estate agent for almost 10 years and sold nearly $4 million in real estate last year, alone.

He and his wife, Dr. June Javens-Wolfe, own Northwood Property Group LLC, a real estate investment company that holds and manages four historic buildings on Greencastle's downtown square, among other property holdings.

Wolfe also is the Assistant Director of Student Life and Coordinator of Fraternity Life at DePauw University. Previously, he served as Director of Community Development at the Putnam County Community Foundation, where he created the Youth Philanthropy program, helped donors establish endowments, and implemented several programs such as the non-profit learning series and community grants. Wolfe was also a project coordinator at the United Way of Putnam County where his work contributed to the creation of the Knoy Resource Center in Cloverdale; and he earlier served as a press intern for U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh.

Wolfe graduated from DePauw University with a bachelor's degree in Communication Arts and Sciences.

He currently volunteers on many local boards and committees including the City Planning Commission, Main Street Greencastle and the Putnam County Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

He is a member of many organizations, including the Rotary Club of Greencastle, Putnam County Board of Realtors, Temple Lodge 47 F&AM, the Scottish Rite, and Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church.

Wolfe hopes to bring his community development background and successful business practices to the clerk-treasurer's office.

The clerk-treasurer prepares the agenda and necessary documents for Common Council meetings, maintains city records, keeps the city seal, clerks for the Common Council and Board of Public Works, and is responsible for billing and collecting utility fees, he noted.

"As the city's fiscal officer, the clerk-treasurer accounts for the city's money, handles accounts payable and accounts receivable, prescribes payroll, makes investments of city money, prepares the city budget, collects fees fixed by ordinance and issues licenses.

"This election year is important and we need skilled and thoughtful elected leaders with new perspectives," Wolfe said.

"I'm asking Greencastle citizens for their votes in November and to share any thoughts or concerns with me, so we can accomplish amazing things for our city moving forward. Despite the challenges we'll face, I am confident Greencastle's best days are ahead and I am excited for the opportunity to serve."