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County welcomes assistant manager

by Sheila Gardner
sgardner@recordcourier.com

When Christine Vuletich reports for work Feb. 27 as new assistant Douglas County manager and chief financial officer, she won’t have too far to travel.

Vuletich, 52, lives on Foothill Road, and has been commuting since 2004 to her job as South Lake Tahoe finance director from which she is resigning Friday.

“I am really thrilled to be able to work in the community I live in. I see it as a great opportunity for me. It’s kind of a perfect position. Part of the position is chief financial officer which I love to do, and I do now. And, it allows me to broaden my areas of expertise in more of the general management of the organization. It’s a good fit for me professionally,” Vuletich said.

She was hired to fill the vacancy created when former comptroller Claudette Springmeyer resigned in January 2011 to become public administrator and public guardian.

A further void was created after Steve Mokrohisky left the assistant county manager’s position vacant with his promotion to county manager in August.

Mokrohisky estimated combining the positions will save the county $120,000 annually.

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Vuletich was hired after three national searches. In the interim, Mokrohisky continued to be responsible for his former duties, and the county contracted with retired Sparks finance director Tom Minton to handle fiscal issues.

Mokrohisky said Minton would remain on contract as Vuletich becomes familiar with the position.

“My feeling is we’ve built a really quality management team,” Mokrohisky said. “We’ve got people with the historical knowledge of our operation as well as some newer folks from outside the area who bring a fresher approach.”

He said Vuletich would be able to provide an increased focus on Lake Tahoe issues.

“A lot of my time the last seven months has been working with the stakeholders at the Lake,” Mokrohisky said. “We’re creating a new model of revitalization at the South Shore. Forty-percent of Douglas County’s assessed value is at the Lake. It’s how we market our community. We have a lot more work to do to really make the community the way we think it should be. Someone who knows the Lake like Christine is going to be really beneficial.”

In the past three years, Mokrohisky said the county has eliminated 65 positions, leaving about 450 employees on the payroll.

Vuletich is joining the county as contract negotiations gear up and work intensifies on the budget.

“We’ll be getting right into the budget. Labor negotiations are starting, we’re meeting with the three bargaining units,” Mokrohisky said.

She was selected from six finalists.

“Christine really stood out in terms of her approach, professional interactions with people and the quality of her work,” he said.

She is to be paid $109,000 annually after accepting the 5 percent salary cut consistent with the county’s elected officials and nonrepresented employees participating in the wage reduction.

“I felt like she fits exactly what we need in terms of requirements for financial management, analysis projections and creative thinking. She’s dynamic, personable and well-respected in her field,” Mokrohisky said.

He said Vuletich would oversee finance, technology, project management and other responsibilities.

Vuletich and her husband Jeff have been married 25 years.

“We love living here,” she said. “You get to work and live where you love. To me, that is a secret of success.”

Vuletich was the former Folsom, Calif., assistant finance director and city treasurer.

She is a native of Monterey, Calif.