Steamboat Springs Routt County Treasurer Jeanne Whiddon told the Board of County Commissioners on Monday that she intends to retire at the end of November after 14 years in the post and 26 total years with the county.
“This is something I’ve given a lot of thought to during the last year,” Whiddon said. “I was planning on waiting until the end of my term, but I became concerned about succession.”
The commissioners agreed to begin advertising the opening that will be created by Whiddon’s departure in early August and allow about three weeks for resumes to come in. The new treasurer would fill that role until 2014, when the elected position next goes to the voters.
Whiddon’s combined annual salary for her treasurer and public trustee (processing foreclosure filings) roles is $71,000, she said.
Whiddon said she has a recommendation for the position from within the county.
“I’ve spoken at length with Carol Comeau from accounting and she’s very interested in stepping into my shoes acting as treasurer,” Whiddon said. “I strongly recommend her for a number of reasons. She is my budget go-to in the accounting department. We do a lot of journal entries and we work through a lot of issues together. She would be a natural.”
Comeau is a longtime accountant focusing on the Road and Bridge Department at the county.
Commissioner Doug Monger reminded Whiddon that as they did when former Assessor Mike Kerrigan stepped down to take another job in 2010, the commissioners will follow process and seek applications for the opening.
Whiddon first began working in the accounting department in January 1987 and first ran successfully for treasurer in 1998.
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