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Kelly Spaniol named Town of Hudson treasurer

Deputy Clerk Kelly Spaniol was expected to be formally introduced as the Town of Hudson's new treasurer at the Town Board's monthly meeting Feb. 2.

Spaniol had been the town's deputy clerk since January, 2014.

She replaces Jackie Smith, who decided not to renew her three-year contract in December after more than 14 years as treasurer.

The Town Board appointed Spaniol to her new position at a special meeting shortly after Smith's decision.

Smith officially left Town Hall on Jan. 4.

"We were very lucky to have had her here, so the town was sorry to see her go," Chairman Jeff Johnson said in a telephone interview last week.

"But we're very lucky to have Kelly too. She's very capable and has been great deputy clerk, and she's also a very good person."

Spaniol also served as the Town of St. Joseph's deputy clerk and temporary clerk "for a couple of years," beginning in 2009, she confirmed in a brief telephone interview in advance of this week's Town Board meeting.

Before that, she was a bookkeeper for a local construction company for 13 years.

She is married to Town of St. Joseph chairman Tom Spaniol.

Since she took the treasurer's job, Spaniol has been working closely with clerk Vickie Shaw -- and Smith before her departure -- to prepare Town Hall for the upcoming Feb. 16 primary election, including tests of new electronic voting equipment, Johnson said.

Spaniol is a certified chief election inspector.

She also has been learning day-to-day details of her new position, Johnson said.

Johnson noted that while other local and area municipalities have gone to a single clerk/treasurer position, the Town of Hudson has retained separate posts.

"We never thought it was a good idea to combine the positions," Johnson said. "We thought it would probably be better to have the extra checks and balances that go with keeping them separate."

He noted, for example, that with separate posts, three town officials -- the chairman, clerk and treasurer -- must sign off on any board actions before they can can become official.

"We thought that provides a little more protection than just having signatures from the chairman and a clerk/treasurer," Johnson said.

Chuck Nowlen

Chuck Nowlen joined the Star-Observer team as a business, township and general-assignment reporter in April, 2014 after a three-decade career in newspapers and magazines, and as a newsroom-management/business-planning consultant.

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