With no candidate on the ballot for the county attorney position, the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors decided to advertise for the position.
The county attorney position, which had been a part-time position with two part-time assistants will become a full-time position as of Jan. 1.
No one sought to be on the ballot in November but it will still be considered an elective position, even if filled by appointment.
There was uncertainty expressed at the Tuesday meeting of the supervisors on what salary, or even salary range will be given for the position. The part-time county attorney salary currently is $47,578, for Mark Cozine who will be in private practice full-time as of January. There has not been interest expressed locally by an attorney wanting to fill the position on a full-time basis.
The total budget for the county attorney's office is currently $216,000, which includes not only Cozine's salary but salaries for John Wibe and Kristal Phillips, who also worked part-time for the county, benefits for the three of them, secretarial costs and other office expenses.
When the position goes full-time, the office of the county attorney and secretarial staffing will need to be provided by the county.
For now, the advertisement for the position will state "salary negotiable."
The board approved a salary of $32,000 for, Lisa Langlitz, the new county services director. This is considerably less than what was received by Mae Hingtgen, the person who recently resigned from that position, but Hingtgen served in that capacity for 11 years.