Pratt County Treasurer Socorro Acosta resigned from her elected post in a letter to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius dated July 18. The resignation becomes effective Aug. 1.


Pratt County Treasurer Socorro Acosta resigned from her elected post in a letter to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius dated July 18. The resignation becomes effective Aug. 1.

The 22 members of the Pratt County Republican Central Committee will solicit applicants for an appointed treasurer to fill the position until it expires on Oct. 1, 2009, said Gary Schmidt, chairman of the committee.

Schmidt had already been notified of the resignation and was waiting for the governor’s official notification to begin the process. A letter from the governor was received today by Pratt County Clerk Sherry Kruse.

The resignation is due to personal health problems, Schmidt said.

The committee has a time limit to call a precinct meeting, Schmidt thinks its 14 days after receiving notification, to select a candidate, Schmidt said.

The treasurer’s position expires at a different time than other county offices because the tax year starts on Oct. 1. A candidate has to be a registered Republican to be considered. The position is open to anyone interested in running for the rest of the term, he said. 

The committee will evaluate applicants and submit a choice to the governor who will either approve or disapprove the candidate. The governor doesn’t have to approve the candidate but historically she will approve the party candidate, Schmidt said.

Deputy treasurer Lois Gallaugher will be in charge of the county treasurers office until an interim treasurer is appointed.

Acosta’s name will remain on the ballot for the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Technically she could still win the election. She has not officially withdrawn from the race yet and it was too late to have her name removed, Kruse said.

She would have to notify Kruse that she would not take the nomination.

Acosta contacted the Pratt County Commissioners and informed them of her decision. She said her resignation was for health reasons and she wasn’t going to be taking another term, said Pratt County Commissioner Dwight Adams.

Acosta turned in her keys on Friday and told Kruse she was leaving and not coming back, Kruse said.

She did not respond to requests for an interview.