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Nine apply for public administrator’s position

by Sheila Gardner

Nine people have applied to become Douglas County public administrator including Claudette Springmeyer who was appointed public guardian following the resignation of Lynn EnEarl.

The deadline for applications to County Manager T. Michael Brown was Friday.

In addition to Springmeyer, applicants include:

— Roxanne Burton, Gardnerville, bookkeeper and tax accountant;

— Robert Evans, Zephyr Heights, accounting manager for Bently Pressurized Bearing Co.;

— Pamela Russ, Minden, self-employed bookkeeper and accountant;

— Duane Pushkaric, Minden, business owner, deputy constable;

— Susan C. Potter, Gardnerville Ranchos, banking and loan officer;

— Beverly Giannopulos, Minden, retired office manager;

— Brandi Tripp-Butler, Minden, accounts manager;

— Doreen Nelson, Gardnerville, project manager

The applications will be forwarded to Douglas County commissioners who will make the selection.

The vacancy was created in August when EnEarl resigned as public guardian/public administrator.

Commissioners separated the positions which are filled by election.

EnEarl remained on the November 2010 ballot, and won re-election, but declined to accept the job.

Springmeyer, longtime Douglas County comptroller, was appointed public guardian in December by commissioners.

Under Douglas County statute, the public administrator serves as the administrator of the estate of a person who dies without a legal will.

The public administrator is paid from the estate of deceased persons. There is no salary from the county, but benefits are paid.

The appointment is until December 2012 at which time the administrator may decide to run for election to a regular four-year term.

Applicants must be at least 21 on the date of office, be a qualified voter, a Douglas County resident, and have no felony convictions for which civil rights have not been restored.

In addition the applicant must not have been found liable in a civil action involving a finding of fraud, material omission, misappropriation, theft or conversion of funds.

The public guardian serves as the guardian of the person, the estate, or the person and the estate of an incompetent person.

The annual salary for guardian is $34,392.

Springmeyer was appointed public guardian through Dec. 31, 2014.

In her application, Springmeyer said she was motivated to apply for the administrator’s position for the same reason she sought the guardian’s job.

“I bring a proven reputation of integrity and accountability that is crucial when handling all aspects of your own life, but is especially important when you are responsible for the lives and assets of others,” she said.

Burton, a Douglas County resident since 1969, said she worked with EnEarl to prepare tax returns for those who died without a legal will.

She listed more than 30 years experience as a bookkeeper and 20 years as a tax accountant.

“I am highly organized and an independent worker,” Burton said. “I would exercise the same fiduciary responsibility in accounting for and the preservation of assets as I have done with the fiscal responsibility entrusted to me in other positions.”

Evans listed 30 years of working with corporations, business owners, tenants and the community.

“What will set me apart from my peers is my education, experience and intuition,” he said.

Evans has been a Douglas County resident for more than 20 years. He is the former chief financial officer for Lockheed/IBM/ALTIUM.

He cited the ability “to work within a budget to meet and/or exceed objectives.”

Russ has lived in Douglas County for 5-1/2 years.

Since 1997, she has worked as a self-employed accountant and bookkeeper.

“Tying up loose ends for people that could not do it themselves gives me a great sense of accomplishment,” she said.

Russ said she performed similar duties in her family.

She also said she performed forensic accounting which led to the discovery of an employee who was stealing from a company where she was an accountant.

Pushkaric owns Digital Asset Protection which inspects and investigators for insurance companies.

“I already possess, maintain and make use of the professional equipment and software that will allow for the complete inventory and control of deceased assets,” he said. “There will be complete transparency and accounting of all personal assets both by high definition digital records and detailed inventory documentation.”

Potter has more than 30 years in banking.

“I have the background and experience in accounting and tax analysis to competently assess and determine an individual’s financial position and impacts of spending, savings or the conversion of assets.”

Her most recent position was vice president, commercial banking relationships manager at City National Bank/Business Bank of Nevada, but the position was eliminated.

Giannopulos has been a Minden resident for 15 years.

“My attention to detail, accuracy and dependability … should speak to my ability and desire to fill this position and exceed the expectations of Douglas County for those persons who can no longer speak for themselves.

Her most recent position was active living assistant at Merrill Gardens in Gardnerville. She worked for more than 30 years as an office manager in a California school district.

Tripp-Butler works for National Business Factors. She did not submit a complete application.

Nelson, a 14-year Douglas County resident, is project administrator for Project One.

“I will have an obligation to honor our citizens and our county to uphold decent and honest principles. It is our obligation to one another to uphold self-responsibility. I look forward to serving our community in a capacity that will uphold the current system of compensation while being fair, and equitable.”