Mcdaniel Returns To Work To Help Star Valley

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Diane McDaniel is back at a job she knows well, as she was the first Star Valley resident to work for the town.

On Tuesday night, the Star Valley Council asked McDaniel to return as the temporary town manager.

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Diane McDaniel, who worked for Star Valley while it incorporated, as returned as a temporary town manager.

Her previous title was town clerk/manager for Star Valley, but the duties were more clerk than manager, she said.

When she previously worked for the town, she was trying to get everything in order as the town worked toward incorporation.

She said she was honored when the council called her to step into the manager position.

"When I left, (I told) them to call me if they needed anything," she said on her first day back.

While the contract calls for McDaniel to work up to 40 hours a week, McDaniel said she has no plans to work that much.

"I just appreciate their confidence in me," she said. "We will take care of what we are capable of doing."

She said she does not think she will be needed for long, estimating a permanent town manager would probably be in place in four to six weeks.

One of the things she and Town Clerk Sarah Luckie will work on is securing the land from the U.S. Forest Service for the new town hall.

The location has been determined, and McDaniel believes things should move quickly.

She said the Forest Service allows new towns to enter into long-term leases to use land for town halls. The location is just east of the county yard.

"That is a high priority, and I know me and Sarah can get that going," she said. "I have an idea of the town. I am here to fill in the gaps."

McDaniel will sit down with Luckie for a refresher course on the important issues in Star Valley.

Luckie and McDaniel in the late 1960s worked together at the Payson Regional Medical Center, she said.

Currently, the town is enforcing and selling dog licenses, which will take some of her time.

"I am just a warm body to fill in until the new manager is hired," McDaniel said. "We are just trying to do business as usual.

"We want to keep things going until a new manager is hired. We will just do what the town council tells us."

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