The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors have announced their intention to appoint Sheri Vermett as the new county treasurer.
The appointment comes following the announcement on Nov. 13 that longtime Hamilton County Treasurer Deb Leksell would retire at the end of the current year. According to the county auditor's office, , her term of office has two years remaining. The supervisors elected to fill the vacancy by an appointment.
County officials said the appointment process allows for two spearate two-week windows for the public to petition for a special election to fill the vacancy. The board accepted applications until the first window had passed on DEc. 5. Two candidates applied and both were interviewed by the supervisors on Dec. 10.
In a statement from the board of supervisors, they announced their intention to appoint Sheri Vermett to the position . Vermett has 27 years of experience working in the treasurer's office. The supervisors noted that the appointment would provide the least disruption with the office and in service to the public.
"We would like to announce our intent to appoint Sheri Vermett when the position becomes officially open on Jan. 2," Supervisors David Young, Doug Bailey and Wes Sweedler said in a statement. "This announcement of intent will allow Ms. Vermett an opportunity to begin the process of filling a vacancy in the treasurer's office which will occur should the appointment stand."
The supervisors also noted that Jan. 2 would begin the final two week period for Hamilton County residents to gather signatures on a petition calling for a special election should they so choose.