White Salmon resident Lori Kreps has been hired to be the city of White Salmon's new clerk-treasurer.
Kreps' hiring fills the position left open when the former clerk-treasurer, Eric Greene, resigned from the position in October.
Mayor David Poucher said Kreps, who currently works as an accountant for the city of The Dalles, is highly qualified for the position.
"We used a three-member board to help review the applications and select the right person," Poucher explained. "They had 24 questions plus a test, and they all felt very comfortable with her. It was a unanimous pick. We got a good person, and we're tickled to death with her. She's very well qualified."
Kreps said she was very happy that she had been selected for the position.
"I was pleasently pleased," she said. "It was a job I always wanted, and it's here in White Salmon, where I've grown up and I'll be working with people I know. I'm very excited."
Poucher added that the position is a very important one.
"The clerk-treasurer is the right arm of the mayor," Poucher said. "She'll be watching over the administration of the city, and she's the go-to person for the city's budget and finances, and for running the City Hall office."
Poucher said Kreps' work would "speak for itself."
"We're going to be looking at results. she's highly qualified and we'll let the results speak for themselves. We know it's a learning process, but I think she's going to do a wonderful job."
On Jan. 2, the White Salmon City Council voted 4-0 to approve the hiring of Kreps to be clerk-treasurer.
Council member Richard Marx said he was pleased that Kreps was selected.
"I definitely am," Marx said. "I think it's a good move by the city."
Kreps starts work for the city as of Feb. 1.