Staff member pursues new opportunity

Cash has left the Missouri Southern payroll office. But it’s not the financial-type of money.

Debbie Cash, payroll specialist, left Southern to pursue another job with Employer Advantage in Joplin. Her last day was March 31.

Cash first joined the University in June 1993 as the cashier in the business office.

“I did that for two years,” she said. “Then I transferred in and started doing the payroll.”

Cash’s handled the entire Southern payroll, faculty, staff and students.

She said she has enjoyed her time at Southern.

“Southern is a good place to work,” Cash said. “It’s a good atmosphere.”

“We’re sad to see her go,” said Debbie Dutch Kelley, director of human resources. “She did a very, very good job.”

Dutch Kelley, who first met Cash almost five years ago, said Cash was a thorough in her duties as well as a friendly and pleasant person.

“[Cash is] a good person to have on your team,” Dutch Kelley said.

Cash said she always liked visiting with the students and the faculty.

“I’m really going to miss a lot of people,” she said.

Cash was also involved with many faculty luncheons, as well as the Southern Cooks cookbook.

“That will stay on for a little while longer,” Cash said.

Cash is joining Employer Advantage, which is a company other companies will outsource payroll and insurance payments to.

Cash has an associate’s from Southern and will graduate in May with a bachelors in general business.

She said it was time to do something more with her degree.

“We all wish Debbie well in her new job,” Dutch Kelley said.

“It’s been just a great 13 years,” Cash said.

Dutch Kelley said the position has been advertised.

“We’re in the process of getting someone on board,” Dutch Kelley said.

She said some interviews have been done and an offer has been made.

“So we expect someone to be able to start before the end of the month,” Dutch Kelley said.