County Treasurer retiring

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

After 24 years in the office, Osage County Treasurer Joyce Hathcoat has announced that she intends to retire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Hathcoat informed Osage County Commissioners of her plans to retire as treasurer Monday during their weekly meeting. She said June 30 would be her final day in office.

The longtime treasurer will be stepping down with two full years remaining on her current term, which is the sixth to which she has been elected.

Hathcoat was first elected as treasurer in 1989, but she had started working in the Pawhuska office six years earlier.

Prior to beginning her latest term in 2012, Hathcoat spoke of seeing the office progress from times when statements were written by hand to the age of computerization. She also saw the treasurer’s office move from cramped quarters in the aged Osage County Courthouse to a historical former residence located next door, at 611 Grandview Ave.

Hathcoat cited the impending retirement of her husband as one of the reasons for her decision.

“I feel like it’s time for me, too,” she was quoted as saying.

Hathcoat asked that the commissioners name her successor as soon as possible.

Her first deputy, Sally Hulse, would assume the position of interim treasurer if no replacement is named before July, officials added.