RUPERT — The Minidoka County commissioners vetted three candidates seeking appointment as county clerk on Friday.
Kay Moore, Tonya Page and Mary Tanner filed applications with the Minidoka County Republican Central Committee and were rated by the committee. The committee voted on ranking with Moore taking the top position, Page second and Tanner third before the names were turned over to the county commissioners.
The commissioners will deliberate on the candidates and make a decision at 10:30 a.m. on Monday.
The person appointed by the commissioners will serve in the position until the term is up and then they may run for election.
The commissioners have tentatively approved a salary for the position of $60,000.
“I think all three were quality candidates,” Kent McClellan, county commissioner said after the interviews.
Sheryl Koyle noted that all three women had operated businesses and two of the candidates, Moore and Page are current county employees.
Board chairman Bob Moore told each candidate that the central committee’s decision is a political process but the county commissioners will make the appointment as a business decision.
The commissioners asked the applicants how they would handle the situation of the other candidate or candidates working at the courthouse if they are appointed.
Moore said she would not treat the other applicant any differently if she receives the position, Tanner said she would work with the two employees who applied to learn what changes they would have made and Page said she would help the other applicant out as much as she could.
Page will handle interpersonal conflict in the office by talking to both parties separately to find out if something happened on a personal level to spur the conflict, Tanner would work to settle the parties down and then talk to them to find out the real problem and then separate their working quarters if necessary. Moore would meet with the two employees together to get to the core problem because every employee has to be on the same page and work as a team.
Tanner said she wants the job because it is an opportunity to do something for the community.
“I am that fresh face if that is what you are looking for,” Tanner said.
Tanner is a bookkeeper for Kelly Bean and has experience running her own business. She said she has the skills for the job and her job experience for the past 40 years makes her the best candidate.
Moore has worked for the county for eight years as a deputy auditor. Prior to her employment with the county she was the production manager at the South Idaho Press, where she supervised 18 employees and set budgets.
“I believe I’m most qualified because of my experience,” Moore said. “I have dealt with budgets and managed a lot of employees.”
Page is the chief deputy clerk for the county, indigent director, deputy court clerk and she assists in the recorder and elections offices. She has worked under two county clerks and has experience working in most of the county departments.
“I was going to run for county clerk in 2010, Page said. “But my family was not ready for me to run at the time.”