RUPERT — Minidoka County employee Tonya Page will be the next county clerk.
Page was chosen from a field of two other applicants by the commissioners, retiring County Clerk Patty Temple said.
Page will be sworn into office Oct. 2.
She will replace Temple who is set to retire on Sept. 30.
The commissioners have approved a tentative salary of $60,000 for the office.
Page is the indigent director, chief deputy clerk for the county, deputy court clerk and assists in the recorder and elections offices. She has experience working in most of the county departments and has worked under two county clerks.
“I look forward to tackling all the issues in the most positive light that I can,” Page said.
Page said the clerk’s job is a tough one and it comes with good days and days where a clerk just has to deal with whatever is going on at the time.
“I want this to be a happy, joyful place,” she said. “I’ve been with the county for 17 years so most of the employees know me and my personality and they know what they’re getting.”
Page will job shadow Temple over the next weeks as much as her job will allow.
Page told the commissioners during interviews for the position on Friday that she wanted to run for the office in 2010 but her family was not ready for her to run at that time. She intends to run for the office in 2018.
“We had two really qualified people from the county,” Commission chairman Bob Moore said.
County employee Kay Moore and Mary Tanner, who works for Kelly Bean, were the other two candidates.
Both Moore and Page have ample experience, Bob Moore said.
“It was really tough choosing between them and it was very close,” Moore said.
Although Kay Moore had more political ties, he said, Page had the most experience and was the best fit for the job.
“I made it very clear that the Minidoka Republican Central Committee’s decision was political but the commissioner’s decision had to be a business decision,” he said.