Supes appoint new auditor

The Lassen County Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed Julie Morgan to serve as Lassen County Auditor, effective April 1.

Morgan is filling the role from current auditor Diana Wemple, who is retiring and whose resignation is effective March 31. The remainder of the term runs to January 2023. The board made its decision during The Tuesday, Match 17 meeting.

“I am honored and humbled to be following in the footsteps of prior auditors I have had the pleasure to work with, like Pete Ithurburn, Irene Doyle, Karen Fouch and Diana Wemple. I hope to continue the good work that they contributed to the county’s success. I will be looking for ways to make positive changes to improve the office by listening and communicating,” Morgan wrote to the newspaper.

“I am excited to be appointed as auditor and look forward to the opportunity to work professionally, efficiently and transparently with the staff, departments, other agencies, districts and the public,” Morgan continued. “I recently read a quote from Henry Ford that resonated with me as I start my new role:  ‘Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.’”

The Lassen County Board of Supervisors held a public interview during the March 10 meeting with three candidates seeking the position: Morgan, Taya Morrison and Lori Pearce. Each answered questions before the board, and the supervisors thanked each for their application, noting their appreciation the county has this caliber of employees.

Morgan’s term will end by January 2023. She will have to run for office and be elected by the public in order to maintain her position.

In her application for auditor, Morgan explained her qualifications for the role.

“This position seems to fit very well with my education, experience and career interests,” Morgan wrote.

“I have a degree in accounting and experience working with accounting, budget management, information services, purchasing, and policy implementation, including working with you, an elected board of officials,” she wrote to the board.

Morgan shared she is a certified public accountant, licensed in 1997 in California and detailed more of her background in the application.

“My background and career goals match your job requirements well. I am confident that I can perform the job effectively. As a Lassen County resident and employee, I am genuinely interested in the position and in continuing to further my career while continuing to work for Lassen County,” Morgan wrote.

The supervisors noted they looked forward to having someone with a CPA qualification in the role.

“We are fortunate to have that in her,” supervisor Chris Gallagher said.

Lassen County Treasurer/Tax Collector, Nancy Cardenas, also commented on Morgan’s appointment.

“I would like to say I think you guys made a good choice. I look forward to dealing with Julie. I think she’ll be a good partnership for the treasurer/ tax collector’s department. I know she’ll be a strong leader, and I know she’ll make that department run properly,” Cardenas said.