Carol McCaslin

CLAY COUNTY — During a special session called by the commission Wednesday, June 26, Clay County Commissioners appointed Carol McCaslin as interim county treasurer to fill the vacancy left by the death of former Treasurer Ted Graves. Graves, who was in his second, four-year term, passed away June 24, after a battle with cancer.

Commissioners chose McCaslin after being presented a list of three names by assistant county administrators.

During discussion of those willing to serve, Western County Commissioner Gene Owen said her experience makes McCaslin best for the job. McCaslin previously served as county auditor, presiding commissioner and treasurer. She is also already bonded per state requirements for the job.

“I think she’ll be a good choice,” he said.

Presiding Commissioner Jerry Nolte said thanks should go to all three willing to step up as they were all qualified, but agreed with Owen that appointing McCaslin made sense.

“She has served before, has the experience to serve and already has that bonding capacity,” he said.

McCaslin will serve for up to 60 days per state statute, said Nolte, citing consultation from county counsel and Missouri law. The temporary timeframe, he said, will allow time for Gov. Mike Parson to consider and appoint someone to fill the remainder of the unexpired term that ends in 2020.

The Clay County Treasurer is responsible for receipting all county revenues, making bank deposits, investing county money, balancing county bank accounts and tracking all county funds.

Nolte said because of the importance of the position and the need for the treasurer to sign checks from the county, it was important for commissioners to quickly appoint someone.

“There was a sense of urgency there,” he said.