By TOM GIAMBRONI
LISBON - Columbiana County Treasurer-elect Linda Bolon will take office eight months ahead of schedule as Nick Barborak assumes his new duties as state representative.
County commissioners on Monday named Bolon interim treasurer until the county Democratic Party's Central Committee meets to formally name her to the position.
Barborak, the current treasurer, ran for state representative in the November 2012 general election and won, unseating incumbent Craig Newbold. Barborak's new job begins today but his term as treasurer actually expires Sept. 2, so he resigned effective midnight.
Meanwhile, Bolon ran for her old job of treasurer and won, which is why commissioners gave her the interim appointment until the Democrat Party can meet. The party has the task of filling the vacancy because Barborak is a Democrat, as is Bolon.
Following the meeting, Commissioner John Payne administered the oath of office to Bolon, who was present along with her husband Tom, Barborak, and Jason Wilson, director of the Governor's Office on Appalachia. Barborak will be sworn in next week in Columbus.
This was Payne's last meeting, having lost in his election bid to Republican Tim Weigle. Payne served on the board since being appointed by the Democrat Party in January 2012 to fill the unexpired term of Commissioner Penny Traina, who resigned to take a job in the private sector.
Commission Chairman Mike Halleck took a moment at the end of the meeting to wish Payne well in the next chapter of his life. "Losing elections isn't easy. I know that," said Halleck, who has lost two elections in his political career.
In other business, commissioners reappointed county Engineer Bert Dawson to also serve as county sanitary engineer. His pay will remain the same - $23,798 - but he was also officially granted 10 personal days in his capacity as sanitary engineer. Dawson also makes $95,193 as the county engineer.
As county engineer, Dawson can take whatever time off he wants, and Halleck said he wanted to be able to do the same in his capacity as sanitary engineer without any questions being raised about whether he was entitled to do so. Halleck said the days cannot be accumulated.