County authorizes several hires

MONTESANO — The Grays Harbor County commissioners authorized the hiring of a new elections supervisor, a new deputy prosecutor and a few other positions on Monday.

Elections Supervisor Julie Colacurcio has given notice to take another elections post in Pierce County.

“I cannot stress how important this position is to my office and to the county,” Auditor Vern Spatz told the county commissioners. “Not only is the position responsible for all aspects of setting up and administering all county, state and local elections, due to cuts, the position is also responsible for voter registration duties, as well as periodic backup for vehicle licensing.”

Spatz notes that the February election for Aberdeen and Hoquiam is just being wrapped up, and the county is also preparing for April elections for a school district and two fire districts and, come May, there will be open filing for more than 140 positions for fall elections.

“Even in the best circumstances, we are looking at not having anyone on board until late April or early May,” Spatz said.

Salary for the position would be between $3,705 per month and $4,493 per month.

County Commission Chairman Herb Welch said that the position is clearly important and he and the other commissioners authorized Colacurcio to be replaced as soon as possible.


The county commissioners also authorized Prosecutor Stew Menefee to hire a new deputy prosecutor, taking over for an employee who recently gave notice. The position is currently in his budget, Welch said, and will pay $3,972 per month.

The commissioners also authorized Central Services to hire two new computer specialists. A technician will be paid between $3,627 per month to $4,658 per month based on experience and qualifications. A programmer/analyst will be paid $3,960 per month to $5,099 per month.

Central Services Director Dale Gowan says his office manages 2,720 devices connected to the county’s network.

“Most don’t get touched for months — routers, telephones — but some, like work stations and printers, malfunction,” Gowan said. “We have 32 servers that need consistent attention.”