Julie Metzger, a Cape Girardeau social worker with 25 years' experience, filed Thursday for the county public administrator job, as expected, bringing the official number of candidates for the post to 12.
Metzger is a licensed clinical social worker who has been social services manager at SoutheastHEALTH since 2001. She has a bachelor's and master's in social work and is one of the dozen who hope to replace the outgoing Phyllis Schwab.
The others who have filed are Democrat Mary Cotner and Republicans Mary Ann Friese, Helen Jackson, Kim Kelley, Linda Nash, Janet Niedbalski, Lisa Reitzel, Scott Schnurbusch, Larry Shoaf, Tammy Sladek and Debra Tracy. The last day to file is March 27.