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(Neb)-County Comminsioners Name Interim Treasurer At Emergency Meeting

By: John Axtell Posted at: 09/01/2017 10:23 AM
CHADRON - Dawes County has its third different county treasurer in less than 2 months with a fourth taking over later this month.

      The County Commissioners, in an emergency meeting this morning at 8:00, appointed former Treasurer Lois Chizek as Interim Treasurer following the unexpected resignation yesterday of Rhonda Schleuning.

    Schleuning had been appointed interim Treasurer in July after Barb Sebesta resigned following her guilty pleas to 3 counts of official misconduct.

     Schleuning was one of the 3 applicants to fill the remaining 16 months of Sebesta's term, but the commissioners on Tuesday instead chose Chelsie Sparks.

      Sparks will become treasurer on the 18th and the commissioners made Chizek's appointment as interim treasurer to run through then. Sebesta had defeated Chizek in the 2010 general election after making the ballot by petition.

     County Clerk Cheryl Feist says with the resignations of Sebesta and Schleuning, the treasurer's office was down to just two staffers...leading the commissioners to bring in Chizek.

     Feist says the remaining staffers did a remarkable job of keeping up with customers during a very busy day yesterday, the last day to pay the second half of real estate and personal property taxes without penalty.


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