The city of Lake Ozark is still without an on-duty city treasurer after the board of aldermen failed to re-appoint eight-year veteran Linda Gardner-Goos May 9 when several other re-appointments were approved.

The city of Lake Ozark is still without an on-duty city treasurer after the board of aldermen failed to re-appoint eight-year veteran Linda Gardner-Goos May 9 when several other re-appointments were approved.

The board subsequently approved Mayor Johnnie Franzeskos' appointment of Karen Hughes in a special meeting June 6 to fill the position pending a background check and to verify that Hughes was properly bonded for the position.

However, background checks had not been completed as of Wednesday morning, June 14. According to Police Chief Gary Launderville, who is responsible for background checks, that process can take up to three weeks. He was absent several days after Hughes' appointment due to a family emergency in Iowa.

The vote to appoint Hughes, former senior vice president at U.S. Resort Management, was made after a lengthy closed session during which no action was taken. Upon returning to open session, Alderman Dennis Klautzer made a motion to appoint Hughes to the position based on successful completion of a background check and determination of her insurance bond qualifications.

Alderman Dale Hicks seconded the motion. Voting to appoint Hughes were Klautzer, Hicks and Pat Thompson. Abstaining from voting were Vernon Jaycox and Gerry Murawski. Alderman Judy Neels was absent.

Goos was among several appointed officials and volunteer community members up for re-appointment to various positions by Mayor Franzeskos at the May 9 meeting. All but Goos were reappointed that night, and she left the meeting after gathering her paperwork.

Aldermen also held a closed session May 23 at which an un-named candidate for the treasurer's position was supposed to be interviewed, but was never interviewed or offered the position.

Goos was informed in a May 11 letter from Mayor Franzeskos that although she was relieved of her day-to-day duties as treasurer, she would continue to hold the position of treasurer and be available for consultation until the mayor appointed a successor with board approval.

She was directed not to report to City Hall unless requested to do so by the mayor, but would continue to receive full pay and benefits until such time as a new treasurer took office.

In an email sent to Goos May 25, Mayor Franzeskos noted the board had deferred the appointment of a replacement and at that time he did not intend to submit any other individual for consideration. With the support of the board of aldermen, he said in the email, he planned to place her name before the board at or before the final meeting of the year, Dec. 12.

"I have every expectation that any reservations the board had to cause it to vote against your re-appointment will be satisfactorily resolved," Mayor Franzeskos said in the May 25 email.

That never happened, and the board voted to accept the mayor's appointment of Hughes June 6.

Duties of the treasurer have been temporarily absorbed by other city staff members until Hughes is formally confirmed.