- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - The Hall County clerk has been given the greenlight to promote her daughter-in-law to deputy county clerk.

On Tuesday, county clerk Marla Conley asked the Hall County Board of Supervisors for permission to appoint her daughter-in-law, Shanda Conley. The county’s nepotism policy requires such notification.

“Shanda has been an employee in my office since 1999. She has been cross-trained,” Marla Conley said. “She was married in 2008, so it wasn’t like she was married when I hired her.”

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The position became available because longtime deputy clerk Pam Dubbs is taking a job at Hall County Jail, The Grand Island Independent (https://bit.ly/1yYPCIY ) reported.

That left Shanda Conley as the only employee in the county clerk’s office to appoint, since the other bookkeeper, Connie Tyklowski, plans to retire in January after 25 years.

“I am very much opposed to this sort of thing going on in an office, but there are extenuating things going on in this office,” Supervisor Pam Lancaster said.

The board voted 4-3 to allow Shanda Conley to be selected as deputy.

Supervisor Dan Purdy objected.

“I’ve got some mixed emotions about hiring your relative for your chief deputy - even if she has the experience,” he said. “It’s just a little too close.”

Marla Conley said that even though she has the board’s consent to appoint her daughter-in-law, she still needs time to think through her decision.

“I appreciate the board’s support,” she said. “I’ve got some thinking to do. This is a big decision.”

Shanda Conley makes $29,450 a year to handle the county’s payroll. If appointed deputy clerk, she would receive about a $13,200 raise.


Information from: The Grand Island Independent, https://www.theindependent.com

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