The Tazewell County auditor’s request to hire a deputy auditor, who would’ve been paid more than the auditor, received virtually no support Wednesday night from the County Board.

Support from two members of the board’s Human Resources Committee wasn’t enough to pass Auditor Shelly Hranka’s request on for a full board vote.

The decision means much of the duties of the elected auditor will remain shifted for now to the office headed by County Administrator Wendy Ferrill. That shift came last year after then-Auditor Vicky Grashoff announced she would not seek reelection.

Hranka, elected to the position last fall, has said she intends to run in the March primary for county clerk to replace retiring Christie Webb.

In other action, the board unanimously approved an inter-governmental agreement to overhaul the county-wide 911 emergency response system to comply with a state mandate.

The pact with the county’s largest communities calls for reducing dispatch centers from four to two. That and related changes are expected to carry a total $2 million cost to be spread among county residents.

The board also approved a batch of fee increases for services and procedures, including a $25 increase to $75 for marriage licenses and fees that the county’s jail inmates are required to pay.

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