Pamela Heltzel appointed as Oronogo treasurer

Bob Foos

Pamela Heltzel will succeed Linda Lacey as city treasurer of Oronogo.

Mayor Charles Wilkins appointed Heltzel Monday, effective Dec. 23.

Heltzel, the utilities collector, has been with the city 13 years.

Lacey had been the collector from 2003 to 2010 and then returned as treasurer in 2014.

“I have enjoyed working part-time the past nine years,” she says. “I have felt it was a privilege to work for the people, the City of Oronogo.” But now, “It’s just time for me to let go.” Her resignation was accepted by the Board of Aldermen during a closed session on Oct. 23.

Also during this Monday’s meeting, the board accepted the annual audit from KPM CPAs. The audit comes with an unmodified opinion, which was noted as the “best you can get.”

As suggested by Police Chief Steven Weaver, the board accepted a $7,346 grant from Department of Homeland Security to equip the department with AEDs (automated external defibrillator) to aid heart attack victims.

Tony Cantrell, public works superintendent, reported that continued efforts to find out why the new sewer system operates unreliably haven’t corrected the problem yet.