(Neb)-Rushville Native Named Dawes County Treasurer Listen
Photo - Kerri Rempp/Chadron Record
CHADRON - The Dawes County Commissioners on Tuesday named a Rushville native as the new county treasurer. Chelsie Sparks will fill out the remaining roughly 16 months of the term of Barb Sebesta, who resigned earlier this summer after pleading guilty to 3 counts of official misconduct.
Sparks, who was already in the process of moving back to the northern Panhandle, was chosen over 2 other finalists: interim Treasurer Rhonda Schleuning and Cindi Jacobsen-Brinton, who currently works for CPA George Klein after working finance and human resources for several years in Wyoming.
County Commissioner Jake Stewart says all 3 applicants were more than qualified, making it a very hard choice for the board...especially after their interviews last week.
Schleuning has worked in the Dawes County Treasurer's office for 16 years and Sparks was deputy Sheridan County Treasurer for 8 years and worked for a time in the Cheyenne County Assessor's office.
Stewart says it wasn't any one thing that lead the commissioners to settle on Sparks as the new treasurer.
In her interview with the commissioners, Sparks called being county treasurer her "dream job," talked about the importance of listening to people, and said all county employees are part of a team and need to resolve conflict through open communication.
Stewart says he doesn't know what, if any, personnel changes will make in the treasurer's office because the treasurer makes those decisions.
Although Sparks has accepted the appointment, Stewart says they're still working out the details on when she'll start but he expects to have that settled later today.
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