TRAVERSE CITY — Kalkaska County’s vacant controller position attracted 15 applicants from places across the country.
The position has been empty since the beginning of the year. Former controller Tracy Nichol resigned after several commissioners tried to oust her and cited bookkeeping discrepancies.
Kalkaska County commissioners narrowed the pool to four candidates, and they’ll decide the next controller at a meeting today.
“We really were pleased with the people we interviewed,” said Commissioner Alan Hart, chair of the county’s personnel committee. “It’s nice to be able to have more than one to choose from.”
The controller manages accounting functions for the county. Hart said the committee sought candidates with accounting experience, especially in the public sector.
The county advertised the position as 40 hours a week at $49,130, plus benefits. The salary is nonnegotiable, Hart said.
Chris Olson, a former Benzie County administrator, is among the applicants. The three other candidates live in Cadillac, Washington state, and Texas.