BIG PINEY – As the Sublette County Fair wound down over the past weekend, 4-H Extension Educator Robin Schamber was doing everything for the last time.
After a dozen years of fairs, she gave notice to the Sublette County Commission in February that this would be her last year. She predicted to commissioners in February, based on the salary, the position would draw applicants just out of school without much experience. The position is paid half by Sublette County and half by the University of Wyoming Extension Service.
Schamber also explained she had set aside funds so a replacement could be hired early and work with her through the 2018 Fair to improve continuity. That didn’t happen.
In mid-June, a panel interviewed the three applicants for the position. At the July 17 Sublette County Commission meeting, commissioners discussed the applicants, but not their names.
Commissioner Joel Bousman said of the applicants, one had significant experience in a similar position and stuck out over the other two applicants. However, he cautioned that person wanted more money to accept the position. Commissioners approved an additional $3,200 in salary, when matched by the university, would increase the salary offer by $6,400. Commissioners added the caveat that the higher salary only applied to the experienced candidate.
Schamber said Friday, July 27, she was unable to comment if an offer had been made or if a person had been hired.
Her last day will be Aug. 13.
In other action, a Sublette County prevention specialist has been selected to work in the Sublette County Public Health Office.
Before July 1, the state contracted with a private company to provide prevention services in Sublette County. Wyoming Prevention Management Specialist Ranae Pape worked from her home and provided the services as an employee of the private company.
The state did not renew the contract with the private company and instead distributed funds to each county for prevention services.
Sublette County Commissioners placed the funds under the existing Sublette County Public Health Office.
Because there was short notice of the change in services, the state agreed services provided in July would be reimbursed, if a delivery plan was submitted and in place before July 31.
Public Health Nurse Manager Stephanie Lund reported to commissioners at the July 17 meeting that she had already submitted Sublette County’s plan and advertised to fill the position. She also reported more than 20 applications were received and interviews were scheduled with six or seven candidates the same week.
At the July 26 Coordinated Care meeting, Trisha Scott was reported as the new Sublette County prevention