LOGAN — The Harrison County Conference Board went another round of talks updating the Harrison County Assessor’s Office Employee Handbook at their meeting this past week, February 24.
The meeting, which lasted a couple of hours, started out with a public forum, where several County residents spoke about the issues that have been brought up about County Assessor Brenda Loftus as of late.
A few of those issues include office closings, work hours and schedules and exempt employees and comp time.
Kathleen Granger, a resident and landowner, said she read the recent articles in the other two county newspapers.
She felt like there was a lot of lack of clarity in the articles for example, no mention of the assessor’s predecessor’s salary when they retired from the position and the salary of Loftus when she started.
Granger went on to say that her contact with Loftus has been very limited but positive.
“..She was always very professional, very helpful, very pleasant, very accommodating, very productive, very proficient and efficient,” said Granger.
Kathleen also mentioned that there was a stark difference between the previous assessor and this assessor when you read the meeting minutes regarding salary and raises.
She said every year, the former assessor received a raise without question.
“Every year, Brenda Loftus has been in this job, she has had to fight, she has to fight for what should be a given, a standard,” said Granger, referring to the concerns brought up when raises were discussed with Loftus.
In her eyes, Kathleen, said this is setting the stage for a lawsuit for a hostile work environment, workplace harassment and gender discrimination.
Tim Guinan, a resident of the County for 55 years and a restaurant owner for 29 years, also spoke.
He said the three ladies in that office are professional, fair, accurate and timely.
Read the rest of this story in the March 3 issue of your hometown newspaper, The Twiner-Herald.