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How long will the tag office at the courthouse be short clerks? It takes an awful long time to get through the line. Those people need to be replaced.

Douglas County Treasurer Pat Wells said her office is short a clerk because of summer vacations, family illness and assisting with the three satellite offices. When staff covers the treasurer's satellite offices, it takes staff away from the courthouse.

Because of her office's increasing workload, Wells said she asked to hire another clerk in the 2001 budget, but the county commission turned down her request. She said she was unsure how long the shortage will last, but she has posted signs that apologize for the inconvenience.

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