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Board approves Stottler as clerk

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Gazette Staff
November 6, 2007

The Rock County Board approved Monday a committee’s appointment of Lori Stottler as Rock County Clerk.


Stottler will replace Kay O’Connell, who will retire in January. Stottler plans to work with O’Connell for the next few months to learn about the job.


“I am thrilled to be the committee’s recommendation,” Stottler told the board Monday. “I will work diligently to learn the job and perform up to and beyond your expectations.”


Stottler, 39, is the vice president of the Janesville School Board. She was elected to the board unopposed in April 2006.


She has worked as the business administrator for First Lutheran Church in Janesville for three years. She is pursuing a degree in business management.


Stottler was one of five finalists for the position.


Supervisors voted unanimously to approve Stottler, but some were disappointed in the process to find her.


An ad hoc committee interviewed candidates and recommended Stottler.


“The process in my mind as a member of the committee, was flawed because it did not allow for a second or third person to come before the board,” said Supervisor Larry Wienedfeld. “The board’s influence was next to nil.”


Supervisor Chuck Elliot defended the process, saying the important thing was finding the best candidate.


“I think the acid test is always, ‘Is this the best person for the job?’” Elliot said. “We can always find fault with the process.”



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