Sheila Presley didn’t imagine she’d be Bryan County Treasurer.
Nancy Conner, former Treasurer, fully intended to serve out her term and maybe more.
But life can throw you a curve ball and Conner’s early retirement and absence created a vacancy that needs filling.
It was the Commissioners’ job to appoint someone for the interim.
The Bryan County Commissioners voted and approved Presley to finish out the term of Conner with full confidence.
Sheila Presley is the one filling the shoes of Bryan County Treasurer and she’s trained to do it.
Presley still seemed very surprised by it all at Conner’s retirement party the day before she was sworn in.
The look on her face seems she is still very surprised by it all.
With less than a week notice that the official decision was made and she would assume the role left vacant by Conner, reality has not set in.
Her predecessor retired early which left the surprise that Presley would be in charge.
She didn’t have the luxury of an election, the desire to seek out the office by fighting for it. She was appointed with little notice that she would soon be the new Treasurer.
She will slip into the role that her boss occupied.
Their friendship makes the appointment a little bittersweet. She was given less than a week that the decision was made and she would be Treasurer.
It seems she would rather the situation be different, that her boss could and would remain in her position, but life’s not that way sometimes.
The elected County Treasurer will take office just a little less than 2 years from now.
Presley is appointed to the position and she is proud to be able to serve the county in this situation.
She said about taking over for Conner, “I feel confident. She was a great boss. She taught me a lot and I’m sure going to miss her a lot. We will all miss her a lot.”
Judge Mark Campbell gave the oath Wednesday morning, which made it official, Presley is now Bryan County’s new County Treasurer as of March 1, 2017.
When asked if she’d already decided to run or if she had thought about running for County Treasurer in two years Presley said, “This all came about so soon that I have not had time to sort that all out.”
It’s whether Presley will want the job when the time actually comes.
Conner said about Presley, “Sheila is very qualified for Bryan County Treasurer. She will do an expert job and I have full confidence in her abilities. The County is getting a great person for Treasurer and I feel great leaving the department under Sheila.”
In the meantime, she’s going to buckle down, at her desk and get the job done.
She’s leaving the main Treasurer’s office and desk unoccupied for the time being as she settles into her role.
Contact Dan Pennington at (580) 634-2162 or [email protected]