Selected treasurer applicant turns down offer

June 23, 2014

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor.

SHELBY —  The village remains without a treasurer after the council’s selected applicant, Samantha Samuels, turned down an offer for the job.

The position remains posted, said Village President Andrew Morse during Monday night’s village council meeting, but village officials are examining some possible changes to the job, or even having a treasurer at all.

A consultant, Jessica Rabe of JR Accounting in Muskegon, has been helping the village streamline the position. “We have to take a closer look at that before we hire someone,” Morse said. “Over the years, you train people to do a certain job, and improvements are getting missed.” By having the consultant on hand, the job duties are becoming much more efficient. “We can take a really good look at what we’re doing in there. She’s really sharp,” the president said of Rabe.

Council voted 5-2, June 9, to offer the position to Samuels and voted 4-3 to offer a starting wage of $11.50 per hour. There were 13 applicants for the treasurer job, and five of them were interviewed.

The position became open when Roxanne Inglis resigned at the end of April. She was one of six employees who left their employment with the village recently.

Morse said Samuels declined the village’s offer due to a job offer from her current employer.

The treasurer job at one time was an elected position, but it is now a hired position.

“What does the charter say about having a treasurer?” asked Councilman Rich Setlak. “That is a good point to look at,” Morse said.

Currently, checks are being signed by Morse and Village Clerk Julie Schultz.

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