Holt County has a new treasurer in Shelly Ross. Ross assumed the duties of Treasurer after Connie Krotter resigned her office. The new Holt County Treasurer was appointed by the Holt County Supervisors to fill the remainder of Krotter's term. Ross started her job on Jan. 19 and was officially sworn into office on Feb. 1. Krotter was the previous treasurer and had been in the position for 15 years.
"My new role is going well! We have an excellent staff in our office which has helped create a smooth transition. One of my favorite aspects of working in the Treasurer’s Office is getting to know the residents throughout our county," said Ross.
"I became the treasurer through the encouragement of the former treasurer and the current office staff. I chose to apply for the position with the idea of building on my solid foundation of current work experience and knowledge to continue the operation of the office in an effective manner. I have been working as an office clerk in the Treasurer’s Office for the last five years.
"The primary duty of the county treasurer is to receive money due to the county and then properly disburse the collected funds. The Treasurer’s Office provides all motor vehicle services to the residents of our county and we also mail statements of taxes due and special assessments and collect on those statements.
"Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; although, myself and the other employees are generally here completing tasks after we close the office for the day.
Ross's previous employment includes 15 years in banking at Great Western Bank in O’Neill as a teller and later the teller supervisor. She also worked for nine years as a transcriptionist and coder in Medical Records at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in O’Neill.
Ross is originally from O'Neill and is married to Mike Ross. "I married my high school sweetheart Mike, and we have two children. Mike works at Agland Electric in Atkinson. Our daughter Kelci, is married and lives in Fairfax, VA and is the mother of our first grandchild Jackson. Our son, Caleb is also married and he and his wife live in rural O’Neill.
Ross graduated from Northeast Community College in 1992 as a word processing specialist with an emphasis on office procedures.
"I am very excited to take on this new role as Holt County Treasurer. I very much enjoy working with the public and am looking forward to continuing to operate our office in a friendly, professional and helpful manner to the citizens of Holt County," said Ross.