The financial administrator for the Leavenworth County government is changing his job title.

The financial administrator for the Leavenworth County government is changing his job title.

When they met Monday, Leavenworth County commissioners voted to change Mark Loughry’s position of financial administrator to county administrator.

“I would agree to that decision,” Loughry said before the vote.

When making the motion, Commissioner Clyde Graeber said Loughry had agreed to perform the duties of county administrator for the same salary he has been receiving as the financial administrator.

The motion was approved by a vote of 2-1. Commissioner Bob Holland voted against the motion.

The county government previously had a county administrator. The last county administrator, Pat Hurley, resigned at the beginning of September.

Commissioners then created the position of financial administrator to replace the vacant county administrator job.

Loughry began serving as the financial administrator in January.

Graeber said Monday that he felt Loughry’s job description did not fit the title of financial administrator.

Loughry said about 90 percent of his duties have been the work of a county administrator. Only about 10 percent of his duties have been the work of a financial administrator.

Commission Chairman Doug Smith was not serving on the commission when the financial administrator position was created. But Smith said Monday that he has always supported having a county administrator.

Holland did not support the change.

“I think we do need a financial administrator on board,” he said.

He said after the meeting that there is a greater need for a financial administrator than a county administrator.

Also Monday, commissioners voted to have Human Resources Director Tamara Copeland return to her full-time duties as the human resources director but make herself available to assist Loughry.

This motion was unanimously approved.

Graeber noted that the commission had asked Copeland to take on additional duties following Hurley’s resignation last year as well as Roger Marrs’ resignation as deputy county counselor.

County Counselor David Van Parys also was asked to take on additional duties. Van Parys later was terminated by the commission. But he now works as a consultant to the county.

Holland asked if Graeber’s motion also would rescind the additional duties that were assigned to Van Parys.

Graeber said Van Parys already had been relieved of those duties.

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