Clatsop County Clerk Nicole Williams announced her departure from the position Friday, May 24. Her last day with the county will be June 28. Williams is joining the Clatsop Care Health District as administrator/CEO. She replaces outgoing administrator Anita Schacher.
Williams joined the Clatsop County Clerk's office in 1999. She was named county clerk in 2005 and held the position until 2008 when she was hired as assistant county manager. She returned to the clerk position when it became vacant in 2012.
"I am excited about this opportunity to be part of improving healthcare services for the citizens of this county," she said.
Clatsop Care Center Health District operates the Clatsop Care Center and Clatsop Retirement Village in Astoria, and provides in-home health care services.
County Manager Scott said the county will take the opportunity to review the internal management structure and look for more efficiencies and savings before embarking on a recruitment effort to fill the clerk position.
The county clerk is the record-keeper for the county and administers public records, archives, legal recordings, passports and marriage licenses. The office also oversees elections and voter registration, and coordinates property tax appeals.
Following Williams' move back to the Clerk position in 2012 and the departure of Finance Director Mike Robison in March, the county instituted a reorganization that eliminated the Assistant County Manager position and dissolved the Central Services department and split its functions among other departments. The move will save the county more than $260,000 in the upcoming fiscal year budget.
"The greatest asset to county government is the employees," Williams said. "I truly cherish my professional and personal relationships that I have established in my time with the county."
As assistant county manager, Williams oversaw the preparation of the annual budgets, the sale and development of the North Coast Business Park property, and other projects and initiatives. At the county clerk's office she worked on the implementation of vote-by-mail.
As for Williams new position, "Nicole has already established positive relations with many of the District's partners and has the organizational management experience and communication skills that the Clatsop Care Center District Board was
looking for in their next CEO," Dr. Roy Little, Board Member explained. As part of her contract, Williams will obtain her Nursing Home Administrator's License which takes up to 18 months to complete. "I am extremely pleased and excited to lead a great team of employees at Clatsop Care Health District and to be able to continue to contribute to a better quality of life for our aging citizens of this County," Williams stated. She will take over for Anita Schacher who will be retiring after serving twenty seven years for the District. Schacher will stay on until October to assist in transition and oversee development of the District's new Alzheimer care facility in Warrenton.