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County looks for new financial officer

Staff Reports

It will take two people to replace Christine Vuletich, or at least that’s how the county’s effort to divide her position as assistant county manager and chief financial officer appears.

Vuletich took a position as assistant county manager with Washoe County.

Under a proposal before county commissioners on Thursday, Vuletich’s title would be eliminated and job classifications for the two positions would be included in preparation for recruitment of the financial position.

Under the current pay grade the salary range was $100,7960-$151,195 a year.

The job description for the chief financial officer would be at a lower pay grade of $87,380-$131,060.

County Manager Larry Werner said he appointed someone to fill in as financial officer while recruitment is going on.

More critical given Werner’s status as a contractor is determining what will happen with the assistant county manager’s position.

County commissioner Barry Penzel and soon-to-be commissioners Dave Nelson and Larry Walsh have said they would prefer to hire the next county manager in-house.

Vuletich was one of four finalists when James Nichols was hired as county manager.

Douglas County has had an assistant county manager since T. Michael Brown was appointed to the position, under County Manager Dan Holler.

When Holler left in 2008, Brown became county manager and in turn appointed Steve Mokrohisky assistant county manager in 2009.

Mokrohisky took over the county manager’s position in 2011. He appointed Vuletich assistant county manager and chief financial officer in 2012.

Claudette Springmeyer had served in the financial position as county comptroller until she took over as public administrator in January 2011.

When Mokrohisky left in 2014, the county appointed former Carson City manager Larry Werner to the position, and conducted a nationwide search that led to the hiring of James Nichols.

After Nichols resigned in January 2015, the county asked Werner back. His current contract will now expire in December 2017. Either Werner or the county could terminate the contract without penalty with 30 days’ notice.

The total cost of the contract from now through December 2017 would be $240,528, or $180,396 a year, or the same amount he’s making now.

According to Douglas Deputy District Attorney Doug Ritchie, that represents a savings of $65,878 over the prior county manager.