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Controversy Over Grafton County Treasurer

Grafton County Treasurer Vanessa Sievers Grafton County Treasurer Vanessa Sievers

North Haverhill, New Hampshire - February 24, 2009

20-year-old Vanessa Sievers presented her version of Grafton County's $8.5 million investment budget to County Commissioners Tuesday morning. In November, Sievers was elected to the treasurer's seat-- partially due to student support and strong presence on the Internet. But the politician-- previously from Montana-- has gotten a rough start in the world of politics.

"It's not been maybe the best intro into politics but it has definitely been a good experience I would say," Sievers said. "So, I think I'll look back on this and be very happy that this all happened."

Since being elected, Sievers has been called a "teenybopper" in the press and has been ridiculed for using e-mail rather than attending meetings in person. Most recently, County Commissioner Ray Burton tried unsuccessfully to strip her of her investment responsibilities for failing to invest county money quickly enough.

"I think that all led to the treasurer finally responding to a Valley News editorial which said it is time to show up," Burton said.

Showing up seems to be all it took. The tone of Tuesday's meeting was very cordial as Sievers presented her detailed investment plan.

"There were some hard feelings at one point I think with one of the commissioners but I think that seems today that we are all on the same page and we want what is best for Grafton County," County Commissioner Michael Cryans said.

Sievers says that she has been surprised by all the negative press. She says that her generation has always conducted businesses over the Web. She also says that her background in bookkeeping makes her more than qualified for the job, despite her relatively young age.

"It probably will be an issue just because I think people are used to talking to younger people in a different fashion than they are talking to people of their same age bracket. So, hopefully it is something we can work beyond, but if it isn't, than it is something I will have to deal with and just be as professional as I can," Sievers said.

A sentiment that is shared by those who once opposed her.

"Government moves forward. That is what the citizens expect," Burton said.

All three commissioners approved the treasurer's budget Tuesday, in some way symbolically representing that look toward the future instead of dwelling on the past.

Sievers set up a website for those learning more about her and to add transparency to the job. Click here to see it.

Adam Sullivan - WCAX News

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