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County clerk's office to take over some duties for museums

Apr 15, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

Fremont County Clerk Julie Freese has outlined a plan to have her office take over the former duties of the Fremont County Museums Board of Trustees administrative assistant.

New museums central manager Scott Goetz eliminated the administrative assistant position in his first day on the job March 17.

"I think it's a pretty workable situation for us. With the savings from the clerk's office, we can provide part-time staff at sites at a level it needs to be and still stay within a number it needs to be," Goetz said. "I'm pretty happy."

Under Freese's plan, three of her employees would work 5 percent or 10 percent of the time for the museums board, and the trustees would pay part of their salaries.

"I said for $13,500 we would do their bookkeeping and payroll personnel services, and we would renew it every year," Freese told Fremont County commissioners Friday.

The museums board would have to approve the plan before it takes effect.

"I guess if you make your proposal to them, and it's acceptable, let's go with it," commission chairman Doug Thompson said.

At a March 18 county commission meeting, the museums' former administrative assistant, Sheila Lopez, and her husband, Marcel Lopez, questioned whether Goetz had the authority to eliminate Sheila Lopez's position.

Marcel Lopez said eliminating the post required action from the museums board, but the group had not made that decision in a public meeting.