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Commissioners expected to appoint assistant as treasurer

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Diana Buckley
Ellis County Communications
WAXAHACHIE - Commissioners have called for a special meeting to be held on Friday, April 27, at 9 a.m. to take action on a proposal to appoint Judy Burden as the county's treasurer, on an interim basis.
'Judy has agreed to serve temporarily at the will of the court, until a more permanent solution can be achieved,' said County Judge Chad Adams after deliberations in executive session during a regularly scheduled meeting of the Commissioners' Court on Monday, April 23.

Burden currently serves as Ellis County's Assistant Treasurer, working under the administration of Treasurer Greg Wilhelm, who will step up to the bench of the County Court at Law #1, on May 1.

'From the beginning since I took office in January - Judy and I have been cross training with each other on all the core duties of the treasurer, with the goal that we would each know how to handle everything in the office,' said Wilhelm.

'As part of the long-term vision for this office, I have also been working very hard to develop and implement ongoing systems to fine-tune all financial disbursements and keep all the county's account reconciliations current on a weekly or even daily basis.'

Wilhelm said the treasurer's and auditor's offices have been working hand-in-hand since January in an all-out effort to bring current all the county's bank reconciliations.

'We have accomplished a lot, but there is still much to do,' Wilhelm added.

'While the smaller accounts are reconciled through the end of the last fiscal year, both the treasurer's and auditor's offices are working to complete work on the main operating accounts.'

Burden said she was excited about serving in this capacity.

'I am very pleased that the commissioners and the county judge have confidence in me,' she added. 'And I'm ready and willing to serve for as long as the court asks me to do so.'

Burden cited strong working relationships with the auditor's office, human resources and the purchasing department, as key components of success in the coming months.

'I've really enjoyed working with everyone here at the county,' she said. 'We are all here to support each other - it is a great team feeling.'

Adams said he expected Burden to work closely with the Commissioners' Court in the coming months, as well.

'She has opted to allow the court more access to assisting her in achieving the goals of the county,' he said.

'One of the deciding factors in her selection is that she is so familiar with the new systems that Greg has developed to make that office more efficient.'

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