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Chippewa County voters to decide if auditor/treasurer, recordershould be appointed

MONTEVIDEO — Chippewa County voters will be deciding whether to make the positions of auditor/treasurer and recorder appointed rather than elected.

The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday to hold a mail ballot election Feb. 13 to decide the issue, Auditor/Treasurer Jon Clausen told the Tribune.

The decision to hold the special election came after Clausen informed the commissioners that he will resign his post effective Feb. 28.

His retirement will come after a more than 43-year-long career with the county. Clauson said he initially served as a deputy auditor for eight years, followed by 12 years as treasurer and subsequent years in his current role as auditor/treasurer.

Amy Rodeberg is currently serving as county recorder. She was elected to her first term in 2014.

Clausen said the commissioners indicated that they would appoint an interim auditor/treasurer to serve the remainder of his term when he retires. If the voters approve making the positions appointed rather than elected positions, the commissioners will interview candidates and appoint individuals to those posts for the start of 2018.

If voters reject the change, the county would hold elections in November for the positions.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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