- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

SCHUYLER, Neb. (AP) - Colfax County commissioners have approved the county treasurer’s hiring of her daughter for a temporary part-time job.

The board voted Tuesday to limit Chelsea Kasik’s new job to six months at a maximum of 24 hours a week, according to the Columbus Telegram (https://bit.ly/2bj5uFA ). She’ll be helping to sort new license plates and complete other tasks.

Concerns about nepotism had been raised.

“I had quite a few phone calls, and a lot of people are not thrilled by this idea … but you have done all the paperwork,” Commissioner Jerry Heard told the treasurer, Janis Kasik, at Tuesday’s meeting.

In late July the board warned Kasik to follow state and county regulations about hiring an immediate family member. Earlier in July the treasurer requested an opinion from County Attorney Denise Kracl’s office on the disclosure rules an officeholder must follow for such a hire. Kasik has explained that initially she had trouble finding anyone interested in the job.

Ultimately four people applied and three of them appeared for interviews. A four-member committee - including someone who didn’t work for the county - conducted the interviews and selected Chelsea Kasik.

Janis Kasik filed a disclosure notice with the county Tuesday detailing the process she followed.

“I feel good about the way this process was handled,” Commissioner Mike Dvorak said. “People can call me. I’m very comfortable (with the hiring process).”

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Information from: Columbus Telegram, https://www.columbustelegram.com

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