The Stevens County Commissioners appointed Leslie Valz as Stevens County Treasurer on April 25 to replace former Stevens County Treasurer Sue Harnasch. Harnasch resigned from the position on March 2 in order to become the new Financial Management/Human Resources Director for the county.
Because Harnasch, a Democrat, resigned before the end of her term, the Stevens County Democratic Party was directed to submit the names of three candidates for Treasurer to the Commissioners, per state law. The names of three women: Trina Cox, Ashley Delp and Leslie Valz were submitted as candidates. The Commissioners interviewed all three nominees and chose Valz to serve as Stevens County Treasurer. In order to retain the position Valz will have to be elected by Stevens County voters in the November election.
-By Jamie Henneman/The Independent Staff