GOP Central Committee Elects New Washington Co. Treasurer


Two candidates were considered for the Washington County Treasurer’s position, which is vacant following the resignation of Christy Metz last month.

The GOP Central Committee met last Thursday and voted former County Clerk Denae Jueneman of Hanover to fill the unexpired term. Pam Dobrovolny of Greenleaf, who currently works in the Treasurer’s Department, was the other candidate. Jueneman cited 20 years accounting and financial work experience, as well as familiarity with county budgeting and processes. Dobrovolny has worked in the office for a year, with 30 years leadership and management experience.

Because the vacancy occurred before May 1st, the position will be up for election this fall, and again in two years to get back on cycle. Committee delegates asked questions, and the vote was 17 for Jueneman, and 6 for Dobrovolny. The recommendation will be sent to the Governor, who has a week to approve the decision.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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