Noble is new St. Croix County treasurer
A woman who has spent much of her career as an accountant for manufacturing companies and was most recently North Hudson's deputy treasurer is St. Croix County's new treasurer.
The County Board voted Tuesday night to appoint Laurie Noble to fill out the term of Cheryl Slind, who resigned to take a private sector job that will allow her to work from home much of the time.
Noble, who now lives in Hudson, worked from February 1992 to May 2006 doing accountant and payroll work for a series of industries in Aliso Viejo, Rancho Cucamonga and Chino, Calif.
From October 2006 to August 2008 she worked for Scanlan International, a manufacturer of surgical instruments, in St. Paul. As accounting assistant, Noble processed accounts payable, posted cash receipts and credit card authorizations, monitored bank activity, filed sales and use tax returns and managed a time and attendance reporting system.
Since August 2008, Noble, who earned an associate's degree in business administration and accounting from Riverside Community College in California in 2004, has been deputy treasurer for North Hudson. She is also a certified payroll professional and holds Fundamental Payroll Certification.
Noble is originally from southeastern Wisconsin and is a 1978 graduate of Watertown High School.
Tuesday night, Supervisor Ken Kolbe asked if the position was offered to Slind's chief deputy.
"We had some really high-powered people (apply)," replied County Board Chairman Roger Rebholz. He said the chief deputy was an applicant but not a finalist for the job.
"I sat in on those sessions, and believe me, it was fair," said Rebholz of the screening and interview process.
The vote to appoint Noble was 25-1 with Kolbe voting no and Supervisor Lorin Sather, whose wife works in the treasurer's office, abstaining.
A total of 53 people applied for the position. Eleven were interviewed.
Slind, who had been treasurer for six years, began a new term Jan. 1. Noble's appointment will last until Dec. 31, 2012. She will have to be elected by citizens to serve longer than that.
Current pay for the treasurer's job is $61,000. The treasurer also receives the same retirement contributions and health, disability and life insurance coverage provided to other county employees.