Five finalists to be screened for Clallam County treasurer appointment

Two men and three women — including a newcomer to Clallam County — have applied for the county treasurer’s job that will be filled by county commissioners next year.

Commissioners on Monday named a five-person panel which will sift the applications and recommend three finalists for the $54,919-per-year, nonpartisan position.

The commissioners will make the final choice soon after Jan. 1.

The applicants are:

* Diane Haffner, who ran for the office in 2002.

* Duane Wolfe, former Port Angeles city finance director and treasurer.

* Darryl Wolfe of Port Angeles, a construction cost estimator.

* Judith Scott, the current treasurer’s chief deputy.

* Beth Loveridge, who moved to Port Angeles this summer after managing investments for the cities of Houston and Dallas in Texas.

The county treasurer receives and disburses revenues for all taxing agencies in the county — from the state and cities to cemetery and irrigation districts — and manages county government’s $66.4 million investment portfolio.

The treasurer’s office is being vacated midterm by Ruth Gerdon, who held the post for 15 years before announcing her retirement effective Dec. 31.

She was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer earlier this year; she says the disease is in remission.

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