The Cherokee County Board of Supervisor approved the hiring of a candidate for a newly created position that combined the County's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) position (which was part of the County's Assessor's Office) with an Information Technician (IT) position.
The name of the candidate is known; however, she has requested that it not be released until her current employer is notified that she has accepted this position with Cherokee County.
It is estimated that the new employee will start sometime in the middle of June, after giving a two-week notice to her current employer, and she is looking to relocate to Cherokee. The first item with which the new GIS/IT will have to deal is having to re-draw all district maps in Cherokee County to match the 2010 census data. That deadline is fast approaching - a challenge that she should be able to meet head on, according to Cherokee County Human Resources Director Kristi Petersen, who said the candidate demonstrated strong GIS skills.
Other duties will be determining the county's computer needs and be a troubleshooter for problems that arise.
The Board also talked about establishing a tasks duties list to make sure all needs will be met. Salary for the new position will be $42,000.
In other business, the Board met with Don Faber of Three Rivers Benefit Corporation to discuss the 2011/2012 Health Insurance Policy. Faber congratulated the workers of Cherokee County for maintaining a consistently low claims percentage. With many uncertainties in the health insurance field driving up many policies, Cherokee County will only see a 2.5 percent increase for the next fiscal year.
The Board also approved seven fireworks permits and discussed how to proceed efficiently with a photo log-in of all county property for insurance records. No action was taken at this time.