Franklin County hires female Temple as new CFO


FARMINGTON – Franklin County commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to hire Diane Dunham from Temple as the new chief financial officer.

Diane Dunham of Temple was hired Tuesday as Franklin County’s new finance director. Town of Wilton photo

Dunham is currently the Town Clerk of Wilton and the Registrar of Electors.

She replaces Vicky Braley, who took over as Acting County Clerk earlier this month.

Dunham has 10 years of municipal experience, Braley told commissioners. She will start on December 6 with a salary of $ 21.31 an hour and will work a 37 1/2 hour week.

In another case, commissioners voted 2-1 to give employees a bonus of $ 1,000 each from American Rescue Plan Act funds to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are 62 full-time county employees and five part-time employees.

Once someone is hired to oversee the county’s nearly $ 5.9 million ARPA fund, commissioners agreed to give employees an additional $ 1,000 in January. President Terry Brann of Wilton and Commissioner Lance Harvell of Farmington voted in favor, while Commissioner Clyde Barker of Strong opposed the vote.

In the remaining cases, commissioners have scheduled a public hearing for 3:15 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the county courthouse on a proposed $ 1.5 million unorganized territory budget for 2022-2023. Commissioners must accept the budget by December 31 so that it can be sent to the state legislature for review.

The proposal represents an increase of $ 131,836 over the current budget. Most of the increase is attributed to the addition of $ 50,000 to the paving reserve account and a $ 42,000 increase in the cost of snow removal for the townships of Washington and Perkins.

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