GRANDVIEW - With the impending retirement of Grandview City Treasurer John Myers at the end of this month, City Administrator Cus Arteaga last night proposed a back-up plan to help the city's new treasurer transition into the job.
Arteaga said there are no guarantees the city will find a new treasurer before Myers retires, but the city has advertised for the post. He said the hope is that the pool of candidates are well-qualified, but it is still unknown who will apply and who will be hired to serve as the new treasurer.
To help the city transition and to help whoever is hired as treasurer, Arteaga proposed a contract with Monte Scacco, who has experience as a state auditor and has worked with Grandview on several projects in the past.
Scacco, said Arteaga, has a worked with several cities in Yakima County, providing financial and accounting services.
"He's willing to charge us $65 per hour on an as need basis," Arteaga told the council, stating the fee for Scacco's services is usually $85 per hour.
"This puts John (Myers) at ease," Arteaga said, adding Myers will have the ability to fully enjoy his retirement if he knows the city is in good financial hands.
Arteaga said Scacco's services will most likely be needed as the city files numerous financial reports in the coming months. He believes having Scacco available to help the city's new treasurer will help the individual hired adjust and learn how Grandview's finances are managed.
Councilwoman Diana Jennings was concerned Scacco would be provided free reign and "a blank check."
Arteaga sought to reassure the city council members, stating Scacco would not be taking on the full duties of the treasurer. He estimates the amount paid to Scacco combined with the salary of whoever the city hires as its new treasurer will equal the salary paid to Myers.
The city, he said, included in the budget the full salary of Myers.
"I don't expect we will be spending that much," said Arteaga.
Applications for the treasurer's position are being accepted through this coming Friday, Jan. 11.
Arteaga said he hopes the city will find a qualified candidate among the applicants.
Councilman Mike Bren asked if there might be a way to utilize a computer software program to provide information to Scacco to cut down on travel time.
Arteaga said Scacco has already been providing the city with advice on streamlining procedures and is moving the financial operations in a direction that will help save time.
The Grandview City Council approved a contract with Scacco by a 6-0 vote.