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Richmond bookkeeper appointed as village treasurer

RICHMOND – A longtime resident and bookkeeper was appointed as Richmond’s treasurer Thursday evening.

The Village Board appointed Karla Tabaka to be treasurer after accepting the resignation of Kate Hellmann.

Hellmann resigned because she is running for the office of township clerk, acting Village President Pete Koenig said.

She has been the village treasurer for a little more than a year and was the village clerk for “a good long time” before that, he said.

“It’s like her second retirement from the village,” Koenig said.

As village president, Koenig recommends appointments. He hadn’t come across Tabaka, but met with her last week on the recommendations of Hellmann and Village Clerk Karla Thomas.

“We know her,” Thomas said. “She’s lived in our community for 20-plus years. She has a lot of experience. ... She has the ability to just come in and help us out.

Thomas described Tabaka as “very down to Earth” and a perfectionist.

She has been a bookkeeper for a local business, Richmond Motor Sales, for about 20 years, Koenig said, and has a lot of experience locally. She knows everyone in tow, and her husband, Randy Tabaka, was a village trustee about a decade ago, he said.

Appointed positions are renewed annually.

Village’s treasurer, which is a part-time position, doesn’t usually have regular office hours, with the treasurer coming in after hours and on weekends to take care of duties.

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