Possessing wrestled for a long time with how to organize its staff to greatest regulate its funds, Hancock County once again is hunting to create and fill a finance manager posture soon after its aspect-time treasurer elected with no bookkeeping practical experience has refused to continue on on-the-work instruction.
In new many years, Hancock County has had whole-time elected treasurers with considerable finance encounter, component-time treasurers with very little expertise and at just one issue a chief economic officer. Now, with its section-time elected treasurer, the county yet again is seeking to locate a remedy for taking care of its significantly challenging funds.
Scott Adkins, the county administrator who labored eight yrs as Penobscot County’s finance director prior to having the Hancock County work in 2016, handles most of the working day-to-day obligations of balancing the county’s books. But he has approached Hancock County commissioners about developing a finance supervisor place so he can minimize his bookkeeping workload and commit additional time on other duties.
County commissioners are predicted to go over the subject matter with Adkins at their typical month-to-month conference on Tuesday.
What has intricate county officials’ endeavours is the county’s lawful obligation to have an elected treasurer with described statutory duties, but who is not essential to have any prior money management experience. The only requirement for currently being elected treasurer is staying an adult Hancock County resident.
Hancock County’s existing treasurer, Michael Boucher, experienced no finance management practical experience when he was elected as a compose-in prospect in 2018. When he started the position, he informed county commissioners — who oversee the county budget — that he was eager to be educated in the essentials of the career by Adkins.
But Boucher’s efforts to study on the job from Adkins have since arrive to a halt, Clark stated. Commissioners had agreed to pay back Boucher further for the time he would place in studying from Adkins, but the partnership broke down soon after Boucher and Adkins experienced differences of viewpoint about what Boucher should really be performing to make improvements to his capabilities, Clark claimed.
Boucher’s bookkeeping abilities are “woefully inadequate” for getting in demand of the county’s books, Clark claimed.
“We basically gave up any hope he would develop into proficient,” Clark stated. “He just didn’t want to work for Scott. He doesn’t occur in [to work much]. He doesn’t do anything at all.”
Clark stated the county no more time pays Boucher an hourly wage, which it did for a though to compensate Boucher for training time. As his pay back at the moment stands, Boucher gets a $200 stipend every single week and is lined by the county’s wellbeing insurance plan system.
Boucher, who operates element-time as a law enforcement officer for the Dexter Law enforcement Office, did not return a voicemail concept left Friday on his mobile phone.
A decade ago, Boucher served two a long time as an Ellsworth city councilor but resigned with one particular yr still left in his phrase, and given that 2010 has worked for 10 diverse regulation enforcement businesses, in accordance to a history of his do the job heritage on file with the Maine Legal Justice Academy. He was hired as an on-simply call corrections officer at the Hancock County Jail a handful of months ahead of staying elected the county’s treasurer, but remaining the position the adhering to May well.
Clark stated he thinks the county should employ somebody with ample expertise to be the county’s key bookkeeper, although commissioners and Adkins would want to perform out the information.
One particular alternative would be drafting and adopting a county charter, with voter approval, that would mandate that the treasurer position be appointed relatively than elected, Clark explained. Without the need of a charter, the county is required by point out legislation to preserve the treasurer as an elected position.
In 2005, the county held a referendum vote to identify if the elected treasurer posture ought to develop into an appointed just one, but voters turned down the thought by a 2-1 ratio.
Considering that 2008, when then-Treasurer Sally Crowley died though holding the office, the elected posture has been funded only as a element-time placement, even though commissioners do not have the authority to inform whoever holds the position how lots of hours they can commit on the occupation.
Due to the fact Crowley’s dying, the working day-to-working day job of preserving the county’s finances has been assigned to a complete-time appointed staff, although subsequent treasurers continue to have been expected to meet their obligations laid out in condition law, which consist of obtaining and accounting for income, spending and accounting for expenses and creating guaranteed there is an external unbiased audit of the county’s finances every single calendar year.
From 2009 through 2015, the working day-to-working day bookkeeping was taken care of by Philip Roy, who for the duration of that time served as the county’s main money officer but also was broadly criticized and at occasions feuded with other county officers — like previous Treasurer Janice Eldridge.
Around the identical time that Roy remaining his occupation in 2015, commissioners established a county administrator placement — a situation stuffed first by Eugene Conlogue in advance of Adkins.