Barton County Finance Officer Janet Crane will be leaving her county position this week to take up a private sector job, the Barton County Commission was told Tuesday.
Commissioners met on Tuesday this week, due to the Presidents’ Day holiday Monday.
County Administrator Richard Boeckman announced that Crane, who has worked with the county since October, 2004, will leave her position, effective today.
Crane told the commissioners she is going into the family business. “My husband needs me in his business and that’s what I’m going to be doing,” she said.
Commissioners stressed the loss of Crane will be sorely felt by the county.
Also Tuesday, the commissioners met with representatives of Job Fest and agreed to spend $250 to help sponsor the local event.
Job Fest is scheduled to run from 4-7 p.m. on May 7 at the Best Western, 2920 10th.
Organizers were seeking a $1,000 sponsorship from the county, according to Scott Donovan and Delbert Randolph, who spoke with the commission about the event.
The county funded Job Fest at $2,500 in 2009, $1,000 in 2010 and $250 in 2011, it was reported.
It was also noted that last year’s event include 27 job offers that “were expected” to be made because of the contacts made.
Commissioner John Edmonds said those earlier amounts are not in the budget this year.
The motion to fund Job Fest at $250 again was unanimously approved by the commissioners.
And the commissioners also approved the purchase of two vehicles for Juvenile Services.
Juvenile Services Assistant Director Mike Daniel explained the department is training in a 2007 Ford Fusion and it is also using insurance money that was collected last August after one of the department’ vehicles struck a deer.
The commission approved the purchase of a 2010 Chevrolet Impala from Marmie Motors for $10,367; and a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu from Dove Chevrolet for $15,876.18. Daniel explained the money comes from the insurance and from state funds paid to Juvenile Services.