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Elections 2002- Bonner County Clerk

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Kathrynn L. Feist, Republican

by Kathrynn L. Feist

Deputy Clerk, Kathrynn Feist, is running for her boss’ job. Based on her daily observations of the mechanics of county government, she sees several areas that need reform. “I have the experience and the administrative skills to manage the clerk’s office with integrity and professionalism,” says Feist.
    A longtime resident of Bonner County, Feist has over 20 years experience in administration, business consulting, marketing and public relations. In addition, “my work as a full-charge bookkeeper for an international manufacturing firm has given me an insightful understanding of budgetary issues.”
    As chief budget officer, the Clerk is responsible for balancing expenditures with revenue and disbursement of funds but does not dictate the budget of each department. The clerk does, however, devise the methods and procedures used during the budget development process and, Feist says, “The current procedures are time consuming and redundant, resulting in excessive paperwork and wasted man hours.”
    On zero-based budgeting she says, “I understand that thinking, but it is important for the County to have a prudent reserve fund. The amount of the reserve fund should be the equivalent of approximately 20% of the county’s total budget and should be used only to cover unforeseen expenditures.”
    The perceived morale issue is really more a communication issue, according to Feist. “The department is comprised of dedicated, hardworking individuals, but the working relationships between employees, department heads and elected officials needs improvement. I believe that I have the leadership skills to effect that change,” says Feist.
    “Given the opportunity, I will work faithfully to rebuild the public’s respect for the office, reform the budgetary process, restore good working relationships and regain a sense of decorum,” says Feist.
    Feist lives in Sandpoint, has three married sons and ten grandchildren who, “Bring me joy and inspiration.”

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