Jennifer Cuellar, county's elected treasurer, will leave for position in Washington County

Columbia County commissioners will soon appoint someone to fill the role of finance director and treasurer.

Jennifer Cuellar, the county's current finance director and elected treasurer, announced her plans to resign from the county by the end of December, noting she has accepted a position with a school district outside the county.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Jennifer Cuellar, shown here addressing the Columbia County Board of Commissioners about a supplemental budget on Dec. 5, is set to leave her position in Columbia County before the end of the year.

"I was offered the Finance Administrator position at the Beaverton School District; this represents a professional opportunity I cannot decline," Cuellar stated in a Nov. 5 resignation letter to the county.

Cuellar's exit means someone will need to be appointed to fill the position until a new treasurer is elected.

County commissioners met with the county's human resources director last Wednesday, Nov. 21, to discuss options for hiring a new finance director.

"It would need to be elected at the next general election," Don Clack, elections supervisor for Columbia County, explained Wednesday. "She'll present her letter of resignation, the commissioners will appoint, and then in 2020 a new one is voted in for a full four-year term."

Cuellar started working with the county nine years ago and was tasked with developing and managing an annual budget for the agency. She oversaw the county's complex budget and finances and played a key role in the government agency receiving a Distinguished Budget Presentation award from Oregon's Government Finance Officers Association for fiscal year 2016.

"It has been a pleasure to serve Columbia County these last nine years and I will always treasure the fact that I've had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of people in the finance department as well as stellar and committed colleagues throughout the county organization," the letter states.

Cuellar will leave no later than Dec. 31.

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