By JIM ANDERSON
IRON MOUNTAIN - Nicole Frost, Gratiot County administrator, has accepted an offer to serve as Dickinson County's new controller.
The county board is set to ratify the appointment Monday.
Frost has been the administrator in Gratiot County for more than three years, according to The Morning Sun in Mount Pleasant. She previously served as the parks and recreation director.
Located in the center of the Lower Peninsula, the Gratiot County seat is Ithaca and the most populous city is Alma (9,383 at the 2010 census). The county's total population is nearly 42,500, making it somewhat larger than Dickinson (26,168).
Frost is scheduled to assume her new duties June 10, succeeding Kay Pascoe, who has served as Dickinson County's top administrator since 2005. Pascoe's planned retirement date is June 1.
"I am humbled to follow in the steps of Administrator Pascoe, and I am honored to work for a (county) board possessing such depth of experience," Frost said in a letter of acceptance addressed to County Board Chairman Henry Wender.
Frost told The Morning Sun that she hadn't been actively looking for a new job, but happened upon an ad in the Michigan Association of Counties newsletter.
"The U.P. is where I head when I get to go," she told the newspaper. "We spent our family vacations there."
The county received 19 applications and interviewed five candidates for the position of controller/administrator. Frost was offered the job after participating in a second interview.
Other candidates interviewed, according to minutes of an April 29 county board committee meeting, were Dianah Fayas, Bryan Kessler, Jeff Heino and Brian Bousley.
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