Springmeyer named Douglas County public administrator
January 21, 2011
Claudette Springmeyer added an elected office to her resume on Thursday when commissioners appointed her public administrator.
Springmeyer was appointed public guardian in December to replace Lynn EnEarl who resigned that post and the elected position of public administrator.
EnEarl issued her first resignation as public administrator in August 2010 and then after being approved by voters in November, issued a second resignation for the term starting Jan. 1.
Springmeyer worked on Douglas County’s finances for more than two decades before resigning to become public guardian. At the same time she was appointed to that position, she was named interim public administrator.
The public administrator is an elected position, and Springmeyer will face voters in 2012 if she decides to run.
Nine people, including Springmeyer, filed applications for the public administrator’s position.
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In Douglas County, the public guardian serves as the guardian of the person, the estate, or the person and the estate of an incompetent person.
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.