Commissioners pick Machacek for new position

Sheryl MachacekBoone County Commissioners approved a motion Monday to appoint Sheryl Machacek to the newly created full-time position of emergency management and communications director.

She will begin her additional duties on Feb. 1, 2011.

Commissioners made plans Monday to meet next week with Machacek, Sheriff Dave Spiegel and Platte County Emergency Manager Tim Hoffbauer to discuss the combined position.

Hoffbauer has offered his assistance in transition, commissioners said.

Commissioner Ken Luettel also suggested meeting with the county’s rural fire boards and fire chiefs to discuss emergency management operations with the combined position. A salary has not yet been set for the new post.

Mike Thiem, the current emergency manager, will be leaving his post effective Jan. 31.

Both candidates for the combined position were interviewed by the commissioners on Jan. 17. A closed session had been scheduled on Monday’s agenda to discuss the position, but it was not held.