Clatsop County Manager Scott Somers on Wednesday announced the departure of County Clerk Maeve Kennedy Grimes and her interim replacements.
Grimes is leaving Clatsop County for a position with the clerk’s office in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Her last day with the county will be Aug. 3.
Assistant County Manager Nicole Williams will be appointed county clerk on an interim basis while the county conducts a search for a permanent replacement. In addition, former county employee Karen Barnum will step in as chief deputy county clerk on a part-time basis.
Grimes was hired as county clerk in August 2011. She formerly worked in the Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office as trial assistant and victims services coordinator.
Williams joined the clerk’s office in 1999 and served as county clerk from 2005 until her appointment as assistant county manager in 2007.
Barnum served with the county clerk’s office as elections assistant and specialist from 1998 to 2003. She retired earlier this year after eight years with the Multnomah County Elections Division.
Barnum will work part-time for the county until the November general election, when she will transition to fulltime, if a permanent replacement has not be selected by that time.
The county clerk is the record-keeper for the county and administers public records, archives, legal recordings, passports and marriage licenses. The office also oversees elections and voter registration, and coordinates property tax appeals.
Released by:Tom Bennett
Community Relations Coordinator