PLATTSMOUTH – The “interim” tag on Teresa Salinger’s position is no more.
The Cass County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved on a 4 to 1 vote the appointment of Salinger to county assessor, filling a vacancy after the former assessor, Lori Huebner, resigned in October. Salinger was filling in as the interim assessor until the board made a more permanent decision, which came Tuesday.
“I’m excited to be moving forward,” Salinger said after the vote. “We’re moving in a good direction.”
There were staffing changes made during the past week, she said. Today, her office has nine full-time employees and two part-timers.
“I’m comfortable with the people we hired,” Salinger told the board before the vote. “Things are coming along.”
Commissioner Jim Peterson was the lone vote in opposition. Peterson said that while he was “comfortable” with Salinger, he felt the county should have advertised the open position like in the private sector.
“How do we know we got the best person?” he wondered after the vote.
The county did get it right, according to Chairman Dan Henry, citing Salinger’s years of experience in that office and that she has done “a fabulous job” during her interim period. What’s more, the other commissioners decided to approve her at the meeting along with him.
“I thought it was in the best interest of the county,” Henry said. “She’s a good appointment.”
Also at the meeting, the board approved the appointment of Alan Mueller of Louisville to serve on the county’s Planning Commission following the retirement of longtime member Roy Smith.
Henry was also approved to serve as board chairman for another year.