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Placer County auditor-controller announces retirement

Kathy Martinis lauded for 11 years service to Placer County by Board of Supervisors
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - A standing ovation and a laudatory resolution came with words of praise Tuesday for Placer County Auditor-Controller Kathy Martinis, who has announced her retirement after 11 years with the county. Martinis appeared Tuesday before the county Board of Supervisors to receive a framed resolution of appreciation praising Martinis as a well-respected leader “who performed with unfailing professionalism and conscientious attention to duty throughout her career to the citizens of the community.” Martinis was hired as auditor-controller in 2001 after serving more than a dozen years with Alameda County. Martinis implemented the county’s first integrated payroll-human resources system and her office consistently earned yearly certificates of achievement for excellence in financial reporting from the Government Financial Officers Association. After Chairman Jennifer Montgomery read out the proclamation, attendees at the board meeting rose to give Martinis a standing ovation. “It has been very gratifying to work with your board and its predecessor boards because your hearts are always wanting to do the best thing for Placer County,” Martinis said. “One of the biggest joys I’ve had in this position is working with some incredibly talented and capable people throughout this county. You have got just a wealth of resources to draw from to get almost anything you can imagine done. Martinis said the credit for the plaudits she was receiving Tuesday should all go to her staff. “They really take seriously the ‘service’ in civil service,” Martinis said. “They go above and beyond to get any manner of work done, always with a smile and always willing to help in any way they can.” Supervisor Jim Holmes thanked Martinis for her years of service and said it had been a pleasure working with her. “When I first took this office and attended the three-day budget hearings you were always there and every once in a while I caught you rolling your eyes,” Holmes said. “But that’s OK.” Supervisor Jack Duran said he’d overseen quite a few audits in his legal career and was very impressed with how Martinis approached the job. “The way you’ve carried out your responsibilities has been impeccable and you’ve stayed the course on the job,” Duran said. “You’ve said what you needed to say.” County Counsel Anthony La Bouff praised the behind-the-scenes role Martinis has played in keeping county finances on track. “There are so many things that go unseen by the public that are necessary for the function of the county and your office is there every day,” La Bouff said. The auditor-controller’s top salary after seven years is currently $165,500, according to the Placer County Personnel Department. A rundown of additional benefits and other compensation Martinis earns wasn’t immediately available.