Katy Nesbitt
The La Grande Observer

E NTERPRISE — There are two new faces at the Wallowa County Courthouse.

Kathy Casper stepped into the county treasurer role this spring after Chonelle Dutcher Price vacated the position. Casper is familiar to clients of Enterprise’s Wheatland Insurance office and her family’s business, Casper Roofing, based in Wallowa.

An Eastern Oregon University graduate who raised two sons in Wallowa, Casper explained why she left private industry for government service.

“After 22 years I thought it was time for a change, and I think I found a new challenge,” Casper said.

The new county treasurer is responsible for accepting county funds from property tax owners, transient lodging tax, county departments and two of what Casper called unique programs: the county’s landfill and solid waste program and the Wallowa County Lake Service District that provides water and sewer to homes and vacation rentals around Wallowa Lake.

“I know the job will be much larger than that, but we are just getting up to speed,” Casper said.

Learning the workflow of the office with no training from her predecessor has proven to be a bit of a challenge. She said she worked alone in the treasurer’s office the first two weeks without an assistant.

Luckily, Baker County’s treasurer, Alice Durflinger, reached out to guide her. Casper said she has been to Baker City to train and Durflinger traveled to Wallowa County to train her in her own office.

Those first two weeks Casper did have some help from Ashley Immoos of the assessor’s office while the commissioners worked to fill the assistant treasurer’s position.

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