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County miffed at young treasurer

February 19, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A Dartmouth College student who was ridiculed as a "teeny-bopper" when she was elected county treasurer at age 20 has been missing meetings and is too reliant on e-mail, according to county officials who briefly considered removing her from office.

Democrat Vanessa Sievers, a junior from Big Sky, Mont., was elected to the Grafton County position in November after targeting college-age voters with $51 worth of advertising on the social networking site Facebook.

Sievers said that she was shocked by the allegations.

"I'm not in over my head at all," she said in a phone interview.

Commissioners are concerned that Sievers has yet to invest about $10 million in county funds after a one-month certificate of deposit account paying 1% interest matured on Jan. 22.

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