County treasurer Jim Ventrello's ready smile and affable greeting will become absent from courthouse hallways after Friday, Sept. 20, Ventrello's final day as county treasurer.
There have been a lot of good friends and a lot of good things have happened during his 22 years and nine months in the county service, he told the BoCC on Monday.
He told the commissioners that on the previous Tuesday (Sept. 10) he had received a firm job offer to become the business manager for Delta County Joint School District 50. The position was previously held by Wendy Everett.
The school district's budget is some $20 million bigger than the county's, he estimated, making it almost twice as large.
Ventrello had announced to fellow Republicans on Sept. 3 that he would not be seeking another (fourth) term as treasurer even if voters remove term limits from the county treasurer's position this Nov. 5.
He was elected county commissioner in 1990 and served in that office from January 1991 through December 2002.
At the November 2002 general election he was voted in as treasurer and has served in that post to the present.
The commissioners now have the job of naming a county treasurer to fill out the remainder of Ventrello's current term, which ends at the end of next year and is open for election at the November 2014 general election.
The county commissioners are accepting letters of interest from individuals interested in the post until noon, Monday, Sept. 23. They have scheduled 3 p.m. on that day to make their decision.
The commissioners all acknowledged Ventrello's service and contributions to the county. Commission chair Doug Atchley said, "After 22 years and nine months of exemplary service to the citizens of Delta County, he will be missed."
Bruce Hovde said simply, "Jim has done an outstanding job."
Mark Roeber added, "Jim has been here long enough that he's almost become the face of Delta County. He's moving on to bigger challenges."blog comments powered by Disqus