Retired serviceman takes over as new city treasurer
Although this will be Baron Powell's first job as a municipal government employee, he believes his military background will benefit him in his new position as Basehor city treasurer.
Powell retired from the Army in June 1999 and had been content to tinker around the house.
"The world gets kind of small when you're around the house doing your hobbies," he said.
Powell described his hobbies as boring compared to other people's. He enjoys doing various number spreadsheets, he said.
Although not a typical hobby, such as golf or woodworking, it's the perfect hobby for someone who will handle the city's finances.
Powell saw an advertisement for a new city treasurer in late November and decided to apply. He officially started the job last week, but said he's still in a transition period.
Pernell Dye, whom Powell is replacing, will remain on as a consultant until year-end bills and accounts are done.
Powell said his 20 years military service would benefit him as treasurer. At one time in the Army, he was in charge of a $900,000 budget. Although small compared to Basehor's budget, he said the same principals apply.
"I rather enjoy tasks of this nature," he said.
For now, Powell will spend his time getting acclimated to the city's computer system and software he will use.
The position is part-time and Powell said, following the transition period, it should be an average 10-hour a week job and he'll come in about 3 days a week.
Powell and his wife, Susan moved to the Leavenworth area in 1993, so he could attend Commander General Staff College with the Army. Powell, originally from the East, and Susan, and occupational therapist and from the West, liked the area and decided to stay.
"We just stayed on because we liked the area," he said.