Charlestown Mayor-Elect Dr. Treva Hodges Announces Transition Advisory Team

CHARLESTOWN, Ind. – Thursday, November 21, 2019 – Charlestown Mayor-Elect Dr. Treva Hodges announced today that she has formally finalized her three-member transition advisory team. Jim James, Jim Adams, and Donna Ennis will work with Hodges as she prepares to take office on January 1st.

Hodges states that she plans to move forward with the transition process notwithstanding Mayor Hall’s petition this week for a recount and contest of the November 5th, 2019 election results. Hodges’ transition team members will serve on a volunteer basis.

“I do not anticipate that a recount will change the outcome of the election and am moving forward in good faith to prepare to take office and hit the ground running,” Hodges said today. “My transition advisory team brings together a small group of civic-minded individuals with diverse backgrounds and strengths.”

Hodges’ team hopes to be able to meet and work cooperatively with the current administration and its department heads in an effort to ensure a smooth and productive transition process.

Jim Adams is a financial advisor and partner with Edward Jones Investments. Jim began his career with Edward Jones in 1999 after attending Indiana University Southeast and works with 365 families and manages 100 million+ in client assets. In addition, Adams is a partner with National Builders and Developers in Charlestown. National Builders owns, manages and develops multifamily and retail properties.

Jim James is a long-time resident of Charlestown, having been born in the city and a resident for over 60 years. He was a founding member of the Charlestown Christian Church and has served on various local boards like the New Hope School, Charlestown Township Public Library. James was employed for 38 years with the Courier-Journal, beginning as an apprentice while still in high school and spending 19 years as a printer before holding various management positions, retiring as Director of Pre-Press and Transportation.

Donna Ennis currently serves as Senior Operations Superintendent for Indiana American Water. She has previously served as Director of Operations for Midwest Environmental Management Services, and is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington. Ennis has been actively involved in the community for over 25 years and has served on various local boards such as Charlestown Economic Development Commission, Clark County Election Board, the Charlestown Beautification Committee, the Charlestown Bicentennial Committee, and the North Clark Hospital Foundation Board.

Individuals who are interested in working with the Mayor-Elect’s administration should send a letter of interest that highlights the skills they want to use in the position and gives salary expectations, along with a resume. All identifying information will be removed from the documents and the transition team members will rank all the applicants based on skill and experience. After the anonymous ranking, a first round of personal interviews will be scheduled for qualified applicants. Current department heads interested in serving as holdovers are also encouraged to apply.

All letters and resumes should be sent to by Friday, December 6th.

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