Eagle County treasurer: We need more help | VailDaily.com

Eagle County treasurer: We need more help

Chris Outcalt

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” The treasurer’s office needs another employee to handle its current workload, County Treasurer Karen Sheaffer said Monday.

“I’m sitting around looking at the holes in the office ” we’re not going to be able to get the job done,” Sheaffer said.

The department is collecting twice as much in tax payments as it was even a few years ago, but the staff hasn’t grown at all, Sheaffer said.

“We’re about the same size we were 23 years ago,” she said. “We might have accrued half an employee over time.”

The department left a full-time deputy treasurer position vacant in its 2009 budget. Sheaffer asked that position be filled. Compensation for the position is about $65,000 in salary and benefits. The county won’t end up spending quite that much out of the 2009 budget because the person won’t have started at the beginning of the year.

Commissioners Peter Runyon and Jon Stavney ” Sara Fisher was absent from the work session ” gave Shaeffer approval to add the staff member. Runyon and Stavney suggested she look in-house for someone to do the job.

“Some departments are experiencing a slowdown in workload,” Runyon said. “So I think it makes sense to look for those possibilities first.”

The money for the position will be moved from the General Fund contingency to the treasurer’s budget.

The County Health and Human Services Department is on its way to getting some extra help at the Eagle and Avon offices.

The department got approval from the commissioners Monday to hire two clinic assistants. A state grant for $153,657 will fund the majority of the salaries and benefits for the two positions for 18 months. The rest of the money will come from four vacant part-time positions in the department.

The clinic assistants will help with a variety services at each location, including chart preparation, filing, cleaning and maintaining exam rooms and taking blood pressure.

“This will be the first time we’ll actually have medically trained support personnel ” the middle ground of medically trained people,” said Suzanne Vitale, health and human services director for the county. “We’re really excited.”

Thousands more people are turning to the county for immunization and family planning services. Public Health Manager Jill Hunsaker attributed the increase to the department’s outreach efforts.

“Part of it is we have made it a goal to increase immunizations,” Hunsaker said. “It’s a really good public investment.”

The commissioners approved the positions for two years. The department would need additional approval to keep the two staff members on longer than that.

Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or coutcalt@vaildaily.com.

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