Carbon County has a new administrator.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted unanimously to name Eloise Ahner as the county administrator/chief clerk. Her position became effective Feb. 2.

Ahner, who served as the acting administrator since Jan. 3, replaces former administrator Randall Smith, who retired on Dec. 31.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said he believes they made the right choice in promoting Ahner, who has served the county since 1980 and has acted as the assistant chief clerk since 1989.

"We all feel she is well qualified and will do an excellent job," Nothstein said.

Ahner thanked the board and the county staff for their support over the years.

"I'm honored that they would consider me for the position," she said. "I will do my best to exceed their expectations."

Nothstein noted that in addition to Ahner's promotion, three other women in the commissioners' office have new positions.

Colleen Klein, who served as the fiscal assistant/paralegal will now serve as the assistant chief clerk/office manager; Marianne Butrie will continue her executive secretary duties but will also now serve as the Open Records officer as well; and Mary Susan R. Knepper, who was the secretary III, will now serve as the fiscal assistant/paralegal.

"We have an excellent staff in the office," Nothstein said, noting that it is going to be a learning curve for everyone because of their new positions in the office. "Everyone is working hard together to try and make things happen."

Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard added that he feels the transition will go smoothly because everyone works together.

"I think a lot of people in the county don't know what comes out of this office," he said, thanking the women again for their support when he took office last month.

Following the regular meeting, the monthly meeting of the county salary board was held.

The board set the county administrator's salary at $64,737.40 per year; the assistant chief clerk/office manager to $38,183.60 per year; the fiscal assistant/paralegal to $15.87 per hour; and the executive secretary/Open Records officer to $38,820.60 per year.

Nothstein said that the moves in personnel and salary will save the county over $20,000.

In addition to the aforementioned salary changes, the county salary board also acted on the following motions:

Ÿ Change the rate of one law clerk in the domestic relations office from $33,069.40 per year to $31,158.40 per year, effective Feb. 2.

Ÿ Change the salary of one full-time assistant public defender from $53,033 per year to $53,045 per year, retroactive to Jan. 1.

Ÿ Change the salary of one secretary III from $14.09 per hour to $11.46 per hour, effective Feb. 2.

Ÿ Abolish the position of one executive secretary in the commissioners' office at $36,946 per year, effective Feb. 2.

Ÿ Abolish the position of acting county administrator/chief clerk at $63,472.50, effective Feb. 2.