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County treasurer resigns

Official's term cut short by health issues

Josh Nichols

The lone candidate for Moffat County Treasurer in this November’s election will take office a little earlier than expected.

Moffat County Treasurer Joy Hammat, whose term limit was up this year, resigned, and will not serve out the final four months of office.

Hammat submitted a letter dated Aug. 20 to the Moffat County Commissioners informing them of her resignation, effective Aug. 30.

At Friday’s Moffat County Commissioner meeting, Commissioner T. Wright Dickinson said the commissioners will appoint county employee Robert Razzano, who was running uncontested for Moffat County Treasurer in November’s general election.

Hammat said she has been suffering from Fibromyalgia for more than a year and said her immune system weakened severely last December.

Fibromyalgia is “a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue,” according to the National Library of Medicine.

“I haven’t been well all year and I can’t continue to do this,” Hammat said from her home Wednesday afternoon. “I’ve been working out of my home but I can’t do as much as the office needs. It’s not fair to the people in the office or the constituents.”

Hammat was coming to the end of her forth term as Moffat County Treasurer. In all she worked in the Moffat County Courthouse for about 20 years.

“I have no quarrels or problems with anybody,” she said. “Moffat County has been very good to me. I’m just no longer able to perform my duties the way I expect myself to perform them.”

Dickinson said he realized it was a difficult decision on Hammat’s part.

“We’re very sympathetic to the health issues she is dealing with,” Dickinson said. “I admire the action she has taken.”

The commissioners have the authority to appoint an interim treasurer, but he said there was no debate on who should be fill the vacancy since Razzano is running unopposed this fall and would have taken office in a few months anyway.

“Rather than appoint an interim treasurer we decided to appoint Robert,” he said.

While she only had four months left in office, Dickinson said Hammat made a responsible decision in resigning.

“It was causing problems for her department and the county,” Dickinson said. “I know it wasn’t an easy decision for her but it was the right decision.”

Hammat said she has no regrets from the two decades she served Moffat County.

“It’s been a good run,” she said.

Razzano could not be reached for comment on his upcoming appointment as Moffat County Treasurer.

The commissioners will further discuss Hammat’s resignation at their Friday morning meeting.


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