Sullivan informed the board in November 2012 of his decision to retire on Dec. 28.
Commission Chair Jayson Farmer began by stating the commissioners had sent letters to the Republican, Democratic and Constitution parties informing them of the vacancy. According to Farmer, the Republican and Constitution parties’ recommendation to the board was Jones. He said the Democratic party’s recommendation was Devon Wilke.
Farmer said the commissioners met with both individuals prior to the Jan. 2 meeting and both are good, qualified candidates for the job. He went on to add if Jones was appointed to the position, the county would be able to reduce the payroll in the Treasurer’s Office by not hiring another person to replace Jones’ position as deputy treasurer.
Farmer said his recommendation would be to appoint Jones.
Prior to calling a vote, Commissioner Jeff Weber questioned the minimum required staff in the treasurer’s office. The question was directed to Massac County State’s Attorney Patrick Windhorst, who sat in on the meeting in case the commissioners had questions.
Windhorst said the Treasurer’s Office employees have a union contract that dictates the amount of the salary, but nothing within the contract states a minimum number of employees.
After hearing Windhorst’s answer to the question, Weber said due to budget constraints and because he believes Jones can perform the job, he was in agreement with Jones being appointed.
Farmer made a motion appointing Jones to the position, with all of the commissioners voting in favor of the appointment.
Jones has worked in the treasurer’s office as deputy treasurer for 13 years. Later in the meeting, Massac County Clerk John Taylor officially swore Jones in as treasurer.
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