In a special called meeting Friday morning, the Marshall County Fiscal Court unanimously voted to hire Erica West as the new county treasurer. Her first day on the job will be June 10.
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 during what is a busy season finalizing the budget that must be submitted to the Department for 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 will begin new employment at the Marshall County Refuse Department June 3 and Freeman has accepted a position at North Marshall Water. Her last day in the treasurer's office will be June 7.
Desiree Hermosillo, who now serves in the judge executive's office, will move to the treasurer's office as a finance officer.
In a press release issued Friday afternoon, 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."