Hancock County’s treasurer with no finance practical experience has refused on-the-career coaching

Having wrestled for yrs with how to arrange its personnel to best take care of its funds, Hancock County again is seeking to produce and fill a finance supervisor placement just after its component-time treasurer elected with no bookkeeping experience has refused to go on on-the-task instruction.

In current many years, Hancock County has had complete-time elected treasurers with sizeable finance knowledge, portion-time treasurers with minor practical experience and at 1 position a main fiscal officer. Now, with its portion-time elected treasurer, the county all over again is trying to uncover a solution for handling its more and more challenging funds.

Scott Adkins, the county administrator who worked eight several years as Penobscot County’s finance director prior to taking the Hancock County occupation in 2016, handles most of the working day-to-day responsibilities of balancing the county’s books. But he has approached Hancock County commissioners about building a finance supervisor situation so he can decrease his bookkeeping workload and shell out extra time on other responsibilities.

County commissioners are envisioned to examine the subject with Adkins at their common monthly conference on Tuesday.

What has complex county officials’ attempts is the county’s legal obligation to have an elected treasurer with described statutory duties, but who is not demanded to have any prior economical management experience. The only prerequisite for becoming elected treasurer is becoming an adult Hancock County resident.

Hancock County’s existing treasurer, Michael Boucher, had no finance administration experience when he was elected as a create-in applicant in 2018. When he started out the job, he advised county commissioners — who oversee the county budget — that he was willing to be experienced in the basics of the career by Adkins.

But Boucher’s efforts to learn on the work from Adkins have given that occur to a halt, mentioned William Clark, who chairs the three-member fee. Commissioners had agreed to pay out Boucher excess for the time he would place in discovering from Adkins, but the romantic relationship broke down immediately after Boucher and Adkins experienced discrepancies of viewpoint about what Boucher need to be undertaking to enhance his techniques, Clark reported.

Boucher’s bookkeeping capabilities are “woefully inadequate” for currently being in cost of the county’s guides, Clark explained.

“We essentially gave up any hope he would come to be proficient,” Clark explained. “He just didn’t want to perform for Scott. He doesn’t arrive in [to work much]. He does not do everything.”

Clark stated the county no extended pays Boucher an hourly wage, which it did for a whilst to compensate Boucher for instruction time. As his pay back currently stands, Boucher gets a $200 stipend every single 7 days and is protected by the county’s overall health coverage plan.

Boucher, who is effective element-time as a police officer for the Dexter Law enforcement Office, did not return a voicemail message left Friday on his cell telephone.

A decade ago, Boucher served two a long time as an Ellsworth metropolis councilor but resigned with a person calendar year left in his phrase, and because 2010 has labored for 10 various legislation enforcement companies, according to a report of his work historical past on file with the Maine Felony Justice Academy. He was hired as an on-get in touch with corrections officer at the Hancock County Jail a several months right before becoming elected the county’s treasurer, but still left the situation the subsequent Could.

Clark stated he thinks the county should really employ the service of a person with enough expertise to be the county’s most important bookkeeper, while commissioners and Adkins would want to do the job out the particulars.

A single choice would be drafting and adopting a county charter, with voter approval, that would mandate that the treasurer position be appointed instead than elected, Clark said. With out a constitution, the county is needed by condition law to continue to keep the treasurer as an elected posture.

In 2005, the county held a referendum vote to determine if the elected treasurer posture ought to come to be an appointed one particular, but voters turned down the notion by a 2-1 ratio.

Due to the fact 2008, when then-Treasurer Sally Crowley died while holding the business, the elected place has been funded only as a aspect-time placement, though commissioners do not have the authority to explain to whoever holds the posture how many several hours they can commit on the task.

Considering that Crowley’s death, the day-to-day occupation of retaining the county’s finances has been assigned to a whole-time appointed staff, even though subsequent treasurers continue to have been expected to satisfy their obligations laid out in condition legislation, which involve receiving and accounting for revenue, having to pay and accounting for charges and building confident there is an exterior independent audit of the county’s finances every 12 months.

From 2009 via 2015, the day-to-day bookkeeping was managed by Philip Roy, who in the course of that time served as the county’s chief fiscal officer but also was broadly criticized and at occasions feuded with other county officials — which include former Treasurer Janice Eldridge.

Around the very same time that Roy still left his career in 2015, commissioners made a county administrator posture — a posture crammed initial by Eugene Conlogue right before Adkins.