At the May 20 Mineral County Board of County Commissioner meeting, Clerk Lorraine Haight gave her notice of resignation, via letter, citing health related issues on the home front.

The letter read, “I’ve had to miss quite a bit of work especially in the last month because of the state of my husband’s health and at this time I do not perceive that changing. My first priority at this time is my husband’s health issues.”

Haight has been in office since January, winning the 2014 General Election against Chris Nepper.

Giving the date of the first week in July, Haight stated in her letter that it will give the board enough time to find a replacement for her position.

Commissioner Cliff Cichowlaz, the only board member physically present at the meeting, (Commissioner Jerrie Tipton attended via the telephone and Commissioner Paul MacBeth was not present) directed that the position be posted and a job description drawn up to fill the position.

The item will have to be agendized for legality purposes for the first meeting in June.

Haight was contacted by the Independent-News and in an email, gave the same comment as read into public record but added, “I feel this decision is in the best interest for Mineral County as well as my family.”

Cichowlaz had this to say about Haight’s resignation, “I am really sorry that Lorraine has decided to resign from Clerk-Treasurer, but we can only respect her will and wish her the best. I would also like to thank her for her efforts while working for the county. I appreciate the early notice and her commitment to smoothly hand over her duties.”

The job description is currently advertised in this edition of the Independent-News.

“It is always difficult to replace hard-working and dedicated employees like Lorraine,” Cichowlaz concluded.