Updated Tue, Jul 16, 2013 4:06 pm
The Athens County Commissioners didn't look far to find a clerk to operate the county's new records center.
On Tuesday, the commissioners hired their own assistant clerk, Peg Six, for the new position.
The commissioners are establishing a records center at the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services building on North Lancaster Street. The center is intended to consolidate records from various county offices for safe storage and free up space at other locations currently used for records storage. The county's microfilm department also will be moved to the North Lancaster Street site.
County Commission President Lenny Eliason has previously estimated it could be six months to a year before the center is fully operational. He also estimated the annual operating cost will be $75,000 to $100,000, but said he believed most of the cost could be absorbed by the commissioners' current budget.
The center is being established without adding another employee to the payroll.
Six will move to the center, while Julie Brooks, a billing clerk in the commissioners' office, will now move to Six's former position as the commissioners' assistant clerk. Rather than refill Brooks' job, a fulltime employee at the Athens County Water and Sewer District office, Maureen Wend, will now split her time between the district's office and the commissioners' office.
Six has been the assistant clerk for the commissioners for 13 years. The commissioners set her pay in the new position at $16.50 per hour.
On Tuesday, the commissioners gave approval for Six to attend an October training session by the County Archives & Records Management Association.