Oak Creek finds treasurer after 4 months

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By the end of this week, the town of Oak Creek once again will have a full staff, complete with a police chief and a town treasurer.

The selection of a treasurer comes about four months after the previous treasurer left.

"A treasurer and a chief -- it must be Christmas," Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman said.

The town hired police chief Guitano Farnan in September. Farnan first had to complete the required courses to become certified by the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board and is scheduled to work his first day in Oak Creek on Friday.

"We've been looking for a long time, and we've advertised it in a lot of places," Rodeman said.

Many candidates turned down the job because of the starting pay of $15 to $18 an hour, she said, even though the job offers medical and dental benefits and two weeks of paid vacation.

Littman, who was a former owner of Big Tuna's restaurant and now owns Karrie's Kick-Ass Katering, has experience with general book keeping and accounting.

"(I was) looking for a challenging position within the town of Oak Creek, and I want to contribute to the current administration," Littman said about why she applied for the position.

To keep the town up to date with its finances, resident and consultant Sandy Jacobs has been working on an interim, part-time basis for the town.

"We're catching up," Jacobs said about the town's financial records. "Things are coming together."

Jacobs is staying on to help train Littman in her new position.

The positions have been open since mid-August, when former Oak Creek Police Chief Tim Willert, and his wife, Mindy, who was the town's treasurer, moved. The town began looking to fill both positions weeks before they left.

Meetings have been held to discuss aspects of the town's 2005 budget, with a budget hearing before the Town Board scheduled for Dec. 16.

While the Oak Creek Police Department has waited for its new police chief, Officer Linda Koile has been working full time, and Officer Eileen Rossi has been working part time.

"Linda has handled everything just amazingly," Rodeman said.

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