Struggling in the absence of a city clerk/treasurer and a city administrator, the Minden City Council approved the interim appointment of longtime city clerk Dick Young and office manager/deputy clerk June Quadhamer to help decipher the city’s financial situation at last Monday’s meeting.
The duo of Young and Quadhamer have agreed to come out of retirement to help as needed in the city office. Between the two of them, they have more than 70 years of experience managing the city’s financial business. Dick Young previously served as city clerk/treasurer for 28 years and June Quadhamer was employed by the city as office manager/deputy city clerk for 44 years.
The city has been operating “in a state of flux” for more than two months following the firing of city clerk/treasurer Jami Maendele in late January and, most recently, City Administrator Brent Lewis’s transitory removal from duty.
Lewis was placed on paid administrative leave on March 21 following his March 17 arrest for failure to appear at a March 11 court date regarding unpaid alimony.
Mayor Roger Jones has been filling in as a temporary city manager since Lewis was placed on leave. Economic Development Executive Director Lisa Karnatz is currently the deputy city clerk.
Mayor Jones informed the council of the decision to hire the two former employees Monday night.
“We are in the process, well actually, they’re already here,” Jones told the council. Dick Young and June Quadhamer have been helping us out in our state of flux and I just wanted, more or less, to get the approval of the council. They’ve made some great headway already.”
Mayor Jones apologized to the council for getting the cart before the horse yet again, but stated that the city was in dire straits and needed to get things moving.
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