Goebel-Burns named interim county treasurer

Interim Wallowa County Treasurer Ginger K Goebel-Burns

Ginger Goebel-Burns is juggling two jobs these days. The new interim Wallowa County Treasurer (and candidate for the permanent Treasurer position) is still working for the Wallowa County Road Department as administrative assistant — a job she has held for 15 years.

“I start at the road department at 6 a.m., come here to the treasurers office at 8 a.m., work till afternoon and go back to the road department,” Goebel-Burns said.

She’ll continue to do double duty until the November elections, at which point a new full-time treasurer will be elected.

“If I win the election, I’ll be staying here as treasurer. If I lose, the road department gets the loser back,” Goebel-Burns said. “It’s a win/win for everybody. I love the guys I’m working with on the road department, I’m just looking to do something different before I retire.”

Goebel-Burns has been handling accounts for a long time. She graduated from Wallowa High in 1979 and after three years of college, decided she wanted the work world and began her career with Rick Bombaci at Blue Mountain Computers in Enterprise — doing a bit of everything.

From there, she took her first job with the county in 1992 as the Wallowa County accountant when the late Laura Jean Locke left the position.

She and her husband of 25 years, Marc Burns, married in 1993. She stayed as Wallowa County accountant until the day before her daughter Katelynn was born in March of 1994. After she left, Jackie Fleming of Enterprise took the position.

Goebel-Burns then went back to work in 1995-96, working for Silver Creek Financial in Lostine and stayed there until 1999.

Then, the county called again. The Board of Commissioners asked her to fill in again as Wallowa County accountant after Jackie Fleming left the post.

Goebel-Burns remained in the interim position until Gail Tally was hired in 1999.

Goebel-Burns and her husband owned and operated Goebels Service in Wallowa 2001-12, and Ginger did the accounting.

But she was working two jobs back then, too, as she had joined the Wallowa County Road Department when the late Maxine Mackin retired in 2003. Back in the courthouse, she and Tally became close friends and continue to lunch together every week even as Tally moved on to the comptroller job at Wallowa County Grain Growers.

“Ginger is going to do great as interim treasurer,” said Tally.

Commissioners are equally pleased that Goebel-Burns is willing to take on two jobs at once when the county is feeling a pinch.

“She’s been a longtime employee of the county and knows our system quite well,” said County Commissioner Susan Roberts. “As an interim she will be able to step in and take control of the treasurers office with minimum getting-up-to-speed. It will be an easy transition.”

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