The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners Monday appointed Kathy Bowling of Miami the new Ottawa County Treasurer.

She succeeds Treasurer Beth Sly, who died last Tuesday after being hospitalized for pneumonia.

Board Chairman Gary Wyrick said the first deputy treasurer, Marsha Baldridge, and the other employee in the department wanted to stay in their current positions and not seek the treasurer's post.

“Kathy was gracious to step up and apply for the post. We're tickled to have her (as our new treasurer),” he said.

As the new treasurer, Bowling will be paid $43,206 a year.

Bowling, a native of Miami, attended the Picher schools and studied one year of accounting at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.

She then went to work in the Picher Public Schools as a teacher's assistant in kindergarten classes, later became an elementary secretary, and then moved to the post of encumbrance and payroll clerk in the superintendent's office.

In 2009, Bowling said, when the Picher schools closed she took a three to four month vacation before going to work in the Treasurer's Office in October 2009 as a deputy treasurer.

Bowling said she applied for the post of treasurer because Sly was training her. “The best way I can honor her is to continue what she started,” Bowling said.

Bowling will fill out the final two years of Sly's unexpired term.

“My goal is to continue to run the office to the best of my ability and do the best I can for the county and maintain Beth's integrity,” she said.

Bowling said she currently has two employees under her. She hopes to be able to hire a third one to fill the position she previously held.

Her husband, Larry Bowling, is a registered nurse in the Integris Baptist Regional Health Center.

Bowling's hobbies are spending time with her grandkids, shopping and traveling.