By KARLA POMEROY
The Big Horn County commissioners unanimously selected Deputy Clerk Lori Albers to be the new county clerk through 2014.
Albers duties started immediately since the former clerk Dori Noyes began her duties as clerk of district court Oct. 1. Albers will finish Noyes four-year term through 2014. She was one of three candidates interviewed by the commissioners. Albers Deputy Clerk Deb LaBudda and former deputy clerk Beth Lampman were selected as the three candidates to submit to the commissioners by the Republican Central Committee.
Commission Chairman Jerry Ewen said, “We had two candidates currently working in the office. Any of the three could have done the job.”
He said Albers had quite a varied background and experience that could prove beneficial in the role of clerk.
“Her positive, energetic management style will serve the public well,” Ewen said.
He praised the work of the Republican Central Committee for narrowing the list to submit to the commissioners. “I asked if they would rank the candidates and they said they would submit them only in alphabetical order,” Ewen said.
Albers, in an interview this week, said, “An opportunity like this doesn’t come up a lot. I love a challenge. Sure I would have loved to have a few more years but this is a great opportunity and I have the background, especially in budgeting from San Diego State University.”
She said she “definitely” plans to run for the office in 2014. “I would love to have the legacy in this office that Ellen (Cowan Whipps) has. It’s neat that this office is thought of as Ellen’s.”
As for the transition into the new position, Albers said, “I’m hoping the transition between Dori and myself is seamless. We have a great team here. Everyone does a great job with the daily operations.”
She said while the office has made progress in the area of customer service in the past few years, she has some ideas to even make it more customer friendly.
“My short-term goal is to get through the General Election as smoothly as the primary, and we’re on pace to do that,” Albers said. She said then she’ll turn her attention to other items.
While having worked in the office for two years, Albers said she understands most of the duties of the clerk, compared to a deputy clerk but admits she anticipates a few surprises.
She said she has a great staff to work with, Noyes is “just upstairs” and has already offered her help and support.
“I feel fortunate we have a great team and I have some great resources,” Albers said, adding that she has already met a lot of the other clerks in the state and they will prove to be valuable assets of information and experience and assistance. She said she’s already learning a lot just reading the e-mail the clerks exchange.
She said the office will be seeking a new deputy clerk soon.
Albers was raised in Cody and then was transplanted to San Diego until moving back to Wyoming in 2010, residing in Basin. She began working at the county clerk’s office in 2010.
She said she has a wide range of knowledge of the office and look forward to the challenge and new responsibilities becoming the county clerk will present.
In her resume she submitted to the Republican Central Committee, Albers said prior to her move back to Wyoming, she worked at San Diego State University (SDSU) Research Foundation for the 23 years; starting at an entry level position and working her way up, working directly with many diverse executive directors and faculty researchers for 17 years.
“As part of my many job responsibilities I developed program concepts, proposals and budgets, contacted federal and non-federal funding agencies and individuals, secured financial commitments and subsequently administered that funding in a fiscally responsible manner, in accordance with sponsor (federal, state and local) and university guidelines.”
She wrote to the committee, “My skill set and personality are ideal for this position. My experience at SDSU evolved in levels of responsibility and allowed me to grow with the organization expanding my skill set and to develop an in depth knowledge of requirements for each process and project. I worked directly with several research faculty on disparate programs all requiring high levels of detail, accuracy and organization. I handled program and proposal development, budgetary planning, implementation and daily management across all of them.
“I am extremely familiar – and comfortable – with performing many tasks, simultaneously. I have managed staff ranging from two to 10 employees and have a strong team environment management style.
“I believe my excellent working relationship with my coworkers and dedication to our work in the clerk’s office will make this time of transition much smoother for our team as we continue to serve the citizens of Big Horn County.”
Albers has two children, an 18-year-old son Duston and a 16-year-old daughter Bailey, both of whom live in San Diego.