Franklin County hires Temple woman as new chief financial officer

FARMINGTON — Franklin County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to hire Diane Dunham of Temple as their new chief financial officer.

Temple’s Diane Dunham was hired Tuesday as Franklin County’s new chief financial officer. Photo of the town of Wilton

Dunham is currently Wilton Town Clerk and Registrar of Electors.

She replaces Vicky Braley, who took over as acting county clerk earlier this month.

Dunham has 10 years of municipal experience, Braley told commissioners. She will start on December 6 at an hourly wage of $21.31 and will work a 37 1/2 hour week.

In another case, commissioners voted 2-1 to give employees a bonus of $1,000 each from American Rescue Plan Act funds to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are 62 full-time county employees and five part-time employees.

Once someone is hired to oversee the county’s nearly $5.9 million ARPA funds, the commissioners agreed to give employees an additional $1,000 in January. Chairman Terry Brann of Wilton and Commissioner Lance Harvell of Farmington voted in favour, while Commissioner Clyde Barker of Strong opposed the vote.

In other cases, commissioners set a public hearing for 3:15 p.m. Dec. 7 at the county courthouse on a proposed $1.5 million unorganized territory budget for 2022-23. Commissioners must accept the budget by December 31, so it can be sent to the state Legislature for consideration.

The proposal represents an increase of $131,836 over the current budget. Most of the increase is attributed to the addition of $50,000 to the paving reserve account and a $42,000 increase in the cost of snow removal for the townships of Washington and Perkins.

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