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Kandiyohi County, Minn., Commissioners to hear report today on redesign study

WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 1 p.m. today to review the first phase of a study on options to help county departments operate more efficiently.

Earlier this year the county board hired Springsted Inc. -- a company that specializes in advising public sector entities -- to study how county departments could be combined and work together to reduce duplication and streamline services.

The report will focus on the auditor/treasurer, assessor and recorder's departments.

The county had sought legislation to allow the positions of auditor/treasurer and recorder to be appointed rather than elected.

That legislation, however, never made it to the House floor for a vote despite efforts by local legislators to get the proposal heard by committees.

David Unmacht of Springsted conducted the study by interviewing employees, department heads and people who do business with the county. He will present his recommendations to the board in the commissioners' board room at the County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E.