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Election director vacant in Carbon

The position of election director is still open in Carbon County.

On Thursday, the board of commissioners said that their initial candidate, assistant director Carol Etheridge, chose to remain in her position rather than assume the director position.

Because of this, it was back to the drawing board with interviews.

The board has selected a candidate and will be offering the position and hopes that it will be filled during next Thursday’s commissioners’ meeting.

As part of the preparation, the county salary board again brought up the hourly wage for the director.

Last week, the board set the salary at $24.84, just under $3 lower than the initial motion and slightly higher than what former elections director Lisa Dart had been making.

On Thursday, the board, in a 4-0 vote, approved changing the rate to $26.09 per hour.

When asked why the county chose to raise the salary after voting not to give the previous candidate a higher salary, the board said that with the candidate, it was through negotiations and they will now go back to officially offer the position.

In other matters, the board voted to table the court’s request to add a motion on the agenda for a specialty court coordinator.

Discussion included whether adding this motion to the agenda without prior notice would violate the Sunshine Act and a commissioner voicing his concern over not acting on the position in the very near future.

The board said that it would bring up the matter and hold a salary board meeting next Thursday.