Cass County Treasurer Cindy Howard to step down

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Aug. 5—Cass County Treasurer Cindy Howard has announced she will resign from her position on Aug. 31.

"Coupling my family obligations with our family's farming operation, I started to realize my health was also being impacted," Howard said in a press release on Friday. "Simply put, I have been spreading myself too thin."

Howard won the Republican nomination for Cass County Treasurer in the primary election in 2020 and was unopposed on the November ballot. Howard was sworn into office on Nov. 24, 2020, earlier than anticipated by virtue of a precinct caucus to fill the vacancy left by former treasurer Kathy Adair.

"Having worked in the auditor's office as First Deputy, the Commissioner's Office as secretary, plus serving as Recorder most recently, I knew I could handle the job," Howard said. "What I didn't anticipate was the impact of being in 'The Sandwich Generation.'"

"The Sandwich Generation" is a term referring to adults in their 50s or 60s who are wedged between aging parents and their health issues, their adult children and grandchildren.

"The past two years have been a challenge for everyone," Howard said. "We've lost many people in our community and across the world. So much has changed — health concerns, the economy, safety, just to name a few.

"I want to thank my supporters for their faith in me. I certainly hope no one is disappointed in my decision, but I have to do what's best for my situation. The Treasurer's office is filled with an excellent staff and I pledge my support to my successor to ensure a smooth transition as they assume the duties of Cass County Treasurer."