Posted: 6:00 a.m. Monday, April 1, 2013

County Commissioners hire office manager

By Lauren Pack

Staff Writer


Butler County Commissioners have hired an office manager who is scheduled to begin later this month.

Erica Cooper was approved by a 2-1 vote Thursday for the position. Cooper, a resident of northern Kentucky and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University, most recently was employed as an office manager/executive assistant at Antonelli College in Cincinnati.

Cooper was chosen from more than 500 applicants for the position with an annual salary of $57,500.

Commissioners Don Dixon and T.C. Rogers voted for Cooper’s employment, while commission President Cindy Carpenter voted no.

Among the five finalists who interviewed with the commission, was Jeff Wyrick, according to county Administrator Charles Young. Wyrick served a deputy clerk for Carpenter when she was county clerk if courts.

Rogers said he knew going into the interviews that Wyrick was Carpenter’s choice for the position, but said Cooper impressed him because she is currently running a large office and has the educational background for the job.

“She will provide a fresh face with new ideas,” Rogers said. “I like her energy.”

Dixon agreed. He said Cooper has a number of skill sets to bring to the job, including consensus building and dealing with personality issues in the office.

“She is energetic and optimistic. It will be a fresh set of eyes,” Dixon said.

The fact that she is from outside the county is also a plus, he said.

“She doesn’t know anybody from Butler County, she has never worked in Butler County and to my knowledge she is not related to anybody in Butler County,” Dixon said.

Carpenter could not be reached for comment.

The commission posted the job opening in October on local and national websites.

According to the job description, duties of the job include direction of the commissioner’s administrative staff, overseeing clerical activity involved in the county’s purchasing process, receiving and screening county administrator requests for paid and unpaid leave of department directors and division administrators, collaborating with the IT department to maintain the commission website, managing mail room employees, creating and managing a centralized calender, and developing and maintaining collaborative and respectful working relationships among office personnel.

Gina Rosmarin, who served as both office manager and finance clerk, left the commission office a few months ago for a job at the county auditor’s office. Finance department assistant Tonyia Burnett, who accepted a position in the city of Hamilton, left her position late last year.

Reorganization of positions in the commission office has added and reassigned duties to the office manager and finance department employees, Dixon said.

Earlier this month, Tawana Keels, a Hamilton County resident, was hired as the county’s new finance director.


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