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County clerk re-appointed after salary increase
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Danielle Yarbrough - photo by For the Dawson County News

After one county employee interviewed last week for the position, Danielle Yarbrough was retained as county clerk by the board of commissioners in an unanimous vote following an executive session.

District 2 Commissioner Chris Gaines motioned to continue utilizing Yarbrough as county clerk and District 3 Commissioner Jimmy Hamby seconded the motion.

The board voted April 20 to increase the annual compensation for the county clerk position, which prior to 2012 was a full time job that paid $39,000.

Yarbrough took over the job of clerk in 2012 in addition to her job as HR director. She has been paid her regular salary and a $5,000 supplement for the duties of clerk.

The recent salary recommended a salary range for a full-time county clerk as ranging from $38,962 to $60,392. Because of that, the commission voted to increase the pay for the position to $10,000 and open the position up internally for anyone who might want to take on the job in addition to their current job.

District 4 Commissioner Julie Hughes Nix at the April 13 work session said she wanted the public to know that Yarbrough performing clerk duties for the past five years has saved the county at least $160,000.

Gaines at the board's April 13 work session said he would like to see separation of the two positions that Yarbrough holds because as human resources director, Yarbrough reports to County Manager David Headley, while as county clerk she reports to the commission.

He said Monday however that he recognized that there can never be true separation between the jobs unless each position was occupied by its own person. Gaines voted to retain Yarbrough because she has performed her role as county clerk exceptionally well in addition to her position as HR director.

"Her commitment and passion about her work combined with her extensive training and certifications makes her a clear choice to continue serving as the clerk," Gaines said.

Gaines also said that retaining Yarbrough makes the most fiscal sense for the county, which he feels isn't at the point yet where a full-time clerk with benefits is necessary.