MENOMINEE - The third time may be the charm for the city of Menominee in its nearly year-long quest to find a clerk/treasurer. City hall has been without a full-time person in that position since the unexpected death of Tom DeNike in July of 2012. But if the response to a recommendation during the Judicial and Legislative/Personnel and Labor Committee Monday is any indication, the search could finally be over.

City Manager Michael Cramer said he received 10 applications this time that met both the criteria and the deadline. But only one stood out above all the others.

"In looking through the applications, it was readily apparent to me that we had a new applicant this time around, which is Kathy Brofka, who is our current city accountant," said Cramer. "Her experience compared to the other candidates, looking at what I know about dealing with Kathy and her expertise in the job that she has done in the current position as accountant, my recommendation is that we not do formal interviews on the rest of the candidates."

With that, Cramer asked committee members to support his choice to the full council. Cramer cited Brofka's extensive knowledge in the position, saying it far outweighed any of the other applicants.

"We were looking for somebody with a large degree of experience and knowledge about our internal workings and also just general governmental financing," he said.

For the past few months executive secretary Susan Johnson has been performing some of the clerk/treasurer duties as part of her regular job. Prior to that, former City Manager Eric Strahl served for a short time on a contract basis. This past February an attempt to hire former Menominee Township Treasurer Patricia Barker failed on a 5-4 council vote.

The clerk/treasurer position pays an annual salary of $58,000 with a six-month probation period along with the typical vacation, health and holiday package.

"I originally talked to Kathy after Tom died and I asked her if she would be interested and at that time she wasn't, she didn't apply," said committee member Bill Plemel. "I'm very pleased she did now."

Plemel's sentiments were shared by the rest of the committee and a recommendation to hire her will go to the council for approval Monday.