County treasurer Messerly to retire

38 years of service to end with 2018

Jan Messerly

Webster County Treasurer Jan Messerly has announced she’ll retire at the end of her term, after 38 years with the county.

This is Messerly’s eighth year as treasurer.

“Jan. 14, 1980, I started for the county,” Messerly said. “I’m going to retire on Dec. 31, 2018.”

Candidates who want to run for her position need to have their petitions to the county auditor’s office by March, Messerly said.

She has worked under three different treasurers after being hired by M.L. “Bob” Hottman.

“He hired me, and I worked in the motor vehicle department for 30 years,” Messerly said. “I worked my way up to first deputy.”

She worked under Donna Gutknecht and Jan Horton. When Horton retired, Messerly ran for the position, she said.

Under Messerly, the tax and motor vehicle divisions of the treasurer’s department were combined into one office on the west side of the courthouse in 2015, a move she said would make the office more efficient and improve customer service.

Retiring will leave her with more time for family.

“I’ve got six grandkids that are 3 and under,” she said.

The Webster County treasurer’s salary is set for $68,103 in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. There are three deputies and five clerks in the office.

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