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Inyo County is poised to lose two longtime public officials while gaining an experienced public servant from the Town of Mammoth Lakes.
In a bit of shuffling between the two counties, Auditor-Controller Leslie Chapman will be leaving the elected post sheâ€™s held since 2003 to take a similar position with Mono County. Mammoth Lakes Housing, Inc. Executive Director Pam Hennarty is resigning from her post, meanwhile, to serve as Inyo Countyâ€™s deputy administrator, effective April 12 and Inyo County Counsel Randy Keller will be retiring this summer.
Hennartyâ€™s resignation and hire at Inyo County were announced Tuesday in a press release issued by Mammoth Lakes Housing, where Hennarty has worked since 2004.
â€śIt was a very difficult decision to leave Mammoth Lakes Housing,â€ť Hennarty said. â€śThe organization has been home to me for many years. Providing safe, decent, affordable homes to the people who serve our community has been an honor.â€ť
Hennarty, a Bishop resident and Bishop Union High School graduate, first joined Mammoth Lakes Housing as a project manager, overseeing the construction of the nonprofitâ€™s first four workforce housing developments.
In 2007, she was appointed as executive director and oversaw affordable housing opportunities in Mammoth Lakes, greater Mono County and within the City of Bishop.
â€śMammoth Lakes Housing has diversified, adapted and evolved under Pamâ€™s direction,â€ť said Mammoth Lakes Housing Board President Kirk Stapp. â€śShe has been an asset to the organization. We thank her for her service and wish her the best in her future endeavors.â€ť
Hennartyâ€™s employment as deputy county administrator under Kevin Carunchio was approved by the Board of Supervisors as a consent agenda item at its March 19 meeting. Carunchio has included the position in the budget, at $8,540 a month, for the past several fiscal years but has not to filled it until now.
While Hennarty prepares to join Inyo Countyâ€™s staff, Keller is preparing for his retirement effective Aug. 4.
Chapman, meanwhile, is expected to start her new position as Mono County finance director in May.
â€śRumors have been running rampant, so at this point weâ€™re doing rumor control,â€ť Chapman said, before explaining that Mono County has made her an offer, and she has accepted, but negotiations are ongoing and no contracts have been signed. â€śItâ€™s probably a-go, so I think itâ€™s safe to make the announcement.â€ť
Chapman said her first day of work has tentatively been scheduled for Wednesday, May 1.
â€śI have an awesome staff in Inyo County, and theyâ€™re ready to take over,â€ť Chapman said.
Chapman has served as Inyo County auditor-controller for more than 10 years. She was elected in 2002 and first took office in 2003. She was re-elected in 2006 and 2010. Her current term expires Dec. 31, 2014.
Chapman said the county will not hold a special election to fill her position, and will appoint a successor to serve out the remainder of her term. The auditor-controllerâ€™s position will be on the November 2014 ballot.
Both Keller and Carunchio were unavailable for comment Friday. For more information on Kellerâ€™s retirement and the countyâ€™s plans for filling his shoes, see upcoming issues of The Inyo Register.