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Posted on: Sep 21, 2017

The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) will have new leadership with the departure of Commissioner Courtney Schaafsma. Schaafsma has been nominated by Indiana Office of Management and Budget Director Micah Vincent to serve as executive director of the state’s Distressed Unit Appeals Board (DUAB). Schaafsma has served as DLGF commissioner since 2014 and is the longest serving commissioner in DLGF’s history, also
serving for four years before that in various roles at the department.

Prior to her service with the state, she worked for Crowe Horwath for nine years, advising local governments on financial matters. Members of Indiana’s DUAB must vote to officially appoint Schaafsma to the role of executive director, a matter they will consider at an upcoming meeting.
Plainfield Clerk-Treasurer Wesley Bennett will serve as DLGF Commissioner beginning Sept. 5. Bennett has more than 25 years of management experience in sales, finance, banking and local government. He is completing his 12th year and third term in office as clerk-treasurer for the Town of Plainfield. Prior to his service as clerk-treasurer, Bennett was assistant branch manager for First National Bank and Trust and worked in sales and operations for Bank One. He is a board member of Accelerate Indiana Municipalities, Vice President of the Indiana League of Municipal Clerks & Treasurers, and volunteers his time to serve on severalboards, committees and community organizations.

This article was written by Justin Swanson, Bose Public Affairs Group. If you would like to write or submit content for the Government Practice Section, please contact Kim Ferguson at



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