County appoints new treasurer as interim

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The Marshall County Fiscal Court met in a special-called meeting last week to appoint Erica West as interim treasurer effective June 1. Marshall County Judge-Executive Kevin Neal said she will complete the remainder of former Marshall County Treasurer Emily Martin Wiles' term, whose last official day before retirement was Friday.

Neal pointed toward Kentucky Revised Statue 68.010(4) which states when a vacancy is created in the office by the county treasurer, the fiscal court must appoint an acting treasurer to serve until the end of that term.

During a special-called meeting on May 24, the fiscal court members unanimously voted to hire West as the new Marshall County treasurer effective June 10, but Neal confirmed her start date was moved forward with Friday's decision.

West received a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Biology from Transylvania University and a Masters of Science in Accounting from the University of Kentucky. In addition to working nine years in the accounting field, she spent two years as a Professor of Accounting at Midcontinent University and is currently senior accountant at Graceland Manufacturing in Hickory.

Following the recent retirement of Treasurer Emily Wiles and the resignations of the only other two employees in the finance office, the county was faced with no one to handle county business while finalizing the 2019-2020 fiscal year budget, which must be approved in a second reading by the Fiscal Court and submitted to the Department of Local Government by June 30.

The other two employees who recently resigned are Occupational Tax Administrator/Assistant Treasurer Brenda Edwards and Finance Officer Karen Freeman. Edwards began new employment at the Marshall County Refuse Department June 3. Freeman has accepted a position at North Marshall Water and her last day in the treasurer's office will be Friday.

Desiree Hermosillo, who formerly served in the judge executive's office, moved to the treasurer's office as a finance officer.

In a press release the fiscal court said, "The Court wishes to be very clear that Martin (Wiles), Edwards and Freeman were not terminated, are each in good standing with the court and all have the full support of the Fiscal Court in their future endeavors."

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