WHITLEY CITY — This week The McCreary County Record is featuring survey responses from county clerk candidates. They include:
• Eric Haynes is the Republican incumbent.
• Steven W. Waters is a Democrat candidate.
• Charley Wayne Phelps is a Democrat candidate.
• William Kilby is a Republican candidate.
HAYNES: Hello, my name is Eric Haynes and I am a Republican candidate for the office of County Clerk. I have been married to my wife, Renee Haynes, for over 18 years and we have two children, Seth and Adrionna. I have owned and operated a car dealership in the county for over 20 years, which has helped to establish relationships throughout the community and given me a great deal of knowledge regarding the title process.
I have had the honor of serving as your County Clerk for the past year. Before taking office I had the opportunity to bee trained by Jo Kidd herself, which was very helpful. I have also make an effort to attend any and all training offered by the state and continue to do so monthly. I have accrued 94 hours of training thus far and feel it’s an essential part of the job. It allows me to stay up to date on state laws and regulations, which I utilize to better help the community.
PHELPS: I’m Charley Wayne Phelps running for County Clerk on the Democrat ticket. I’m married to Myrtlene and we have two daughters and five grandchildren. We all live in Stearns.
I was service manager for Kentucky Utilities in Whitley City and Williamsburg and we provided electric service to approximately the same number of citizens as the population of McCreary County. Seven employees answered directly to me and that’s about the same number as works in the County Clerk’s office. My job provided valuable skills and experiences in dealing with the public, superiors, subordinates, and fellow workers. I’m familiar with record keeping, budgeting, audits, revenue collections and deposits, supervision, and safety in the workplace. I’m also familiar with setting goals for individuals and teams and devising a plan for achieving those goals. Then possibly using those goals and achievements as a tool when adjusting salaries. I know how to delegate and rotate duties and to utilize competent, trustworthy, experienced deputy clerks.