Douglas County Commissioners appoint Moore comptroller |

Douglas County Commissioners appoint Moore comptroller

by Amy Alonzo

Vicki Moore was appointed Douglas County Comptroller Thursday by the county board of commissioners.

County Manager Larry Warner named Moore the county’s chief financial officer last month. If the chief financial officer doubles as the county’s comptroller, that person’s appointment must come from the commissioners.

Her appointment as comptroller was confirmed 4-1, with Commissioner Dave Nelson opposing.

Moore began working in Douglas County in 2013 as an accountant. She was promoted to accounting manger in July 2015 and has served as the county’ interim CFO since October.

She replaces Christine Vuletich, who left Douglas County last fall for a position in Washoe County. Vuletich had served as Douglas County’s CFO since 2012.

Moore has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and computer information systems and is a licensed CPA with more than 17 years of experience.

She will earn $87,000 per year.

The commissioners also cast their vote in favor of an ordinance that prohibits marijuana establishments in all Douglas County zoning districts.

“Fortunately for Douglas County we’re saying ‘no,’ and we need to continue down that path,” Commissioner Steve Thaler said. “The message is clear, at least it is for me.”

No public comment was offered on the matter.

The commissioners also imposed liquor license sanctions on two Douglas County businesses that sold alcohol to minors for the second time within a two-year period.

Employees involved in alcohol sales at the Topsy Lane Walmart and Lucky Liquor, located at 1384 Highway 395, were ordered to undergo mandatory alcohol training.

Employees at both businesses incurred second violations for the stores by selling alcohol to 18-year-olds participating in alcohol compliance checks performed by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

“It seems math is not the strong suit of the people looking at the (identification) cards,” Chairman Barry Penzel said.

Employees at Lucky Liquor incurred violations on March 3, 2015, and Nov. 2, 2016. Employees at the Topsy Lane Walmart incurred violations on Feb. 29, 2015, and Nov. 2, 2016.

The commissioners also agreed to send repair work on the North Valley wastewater treatment plant effluent storage reservoir out to bid again.

Only one bid was submitted on the project. At $484,000, Anaheim, Calif.-based Erosion Control Application’s offer was significantly more than the county’s estimated cost of $275,000 for the project.

“We need to make an effort to save dollars when and where we can,” said Public Works Director Carl Ruschmeyer. “Unfortunately this kind of a project was not planned; it was an emergency.”

Ruschmeyer said he believes the lack of bids is because of the small, specialized nature of the project. He also said he felt the county has time to rebid the project and still get it completed before winter.