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Leon Harmon set to retire from county

Finance director has been with county for nearly four decades

Staff Writer


Lincoln County Manager George Wood announced at Monday’s Board of Commissioners meeting that Leon Harmon, director of the Finance Department, will soon be retiring.
Wood said Harmon will remain with the county through January and that he knew he spoke for everyone when he said Harmon had done a fantastic job during his many years in the finance office.
Chairman Alex Patton also added that the commissioners all appreciated his service.
Harmon told the Times-News on Tuesday that he had notified Wood of his decision on Nov. 10.
“I’ve enjoyed working for the county for 38 years,” he added.
Also at Monday’s meeting, commissioners passed resolutions to improve some public services for Lincoln County residents.
Wood presented a resolution for providing electronic listing of business personal property for tax purposes, which he said would essentially be a “convenience.” It would also extend the time for filing electronic listings of business personal property.
Wood reported that Lincoln County Tax Administrator Madge Huffman additionally recommended as the service provider Tax Management Associates, who will offer two payment plans where either the county pays an annual fee or the individual taxpayer pays a charge per listing.
Wood said the county would pay the $10,000 fee rather than charge individuals for the service. Commissioners then unanimously passed the resolution.
Commissioners also signed off on a contract with Polaris Library Systems for the purchase of an integrated library-system software package that would provide management of the daily operations of the Lincoln County Library System, including patron records.
With the upcoming separation of the county library system from the Gaston-Lincoln Regional Library in July, Library Director Jennifer Sackett said the software will provide guaranteed compatibility with existing services and allow for a simpler migration of data since the Polaris ILS is the one currently used by the regional system.
In other board of commissioners action at Monday’s meeting: *START BULLETS*
A public hearing to add the West Bay subdivision in Denver to the county’s leash law was conducted, and commissioners unanimously signed off on the addition.
A veterinarian services contract and a spay and neuter voucher program were unanimously approved.
A resolution for amending the drug and alcohol testing policy for Transportation Lincoln County (TLC) was unanimously approved.
A change order request for the Airlie Park utility contract was passed unanimously.
Commissioners unanimously signed off on a rent waiver for Pathways. *END BULLETS*

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