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Chippewa County appoints interim auditor/treasurer

MONTEVIDEO — The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners has selected the finance director from neighboring Yellow Medicine County to serve as the county's interim auditor/treasurer beginning in January.

The Chippewa County Board at its meeting Monday approved the appointment of Michelle May. The appointment is for the calendar year 2018, to complete the remaining term of current Auditor/Treasurer Jon Clausen.

Clausen has announced his intentions to retire at the end of February following a 43-year career with the county.

Chippewa County is conducting a special, mail ballot election in February on a request by the county commissioners to make the auditor/treasurer and recorder positions appointed rather than elected.

The commissioners said they are seeking to appoint an auditor/treasurer to assure that a successor has the needed aptitude and technical skills demanded by the position.

The commissioners chose May from among 11 applicants for the interim position. They cited her experience and proven track record in county government, including her role in managing county investments. They also pointed to her prior experience in business and her educational background as providing the skills for the new role.

May has served as finance director in Yellow Medicine County for six years. She has previous experience with Schwan's in Marshall and KPMG in the Twin Cities. She holds a masters of business administration from Southwest Minnesota State and is a certified public accountant.

May told the Tribune she is excited about the opportunity to take on the new position with Chippewa County.

She and her husband are residents of Chippewa County. May told the Tribune that if voters do not approve making the auditor/treasurer position an appointed one, she will file as a candidate and campaign for it.

She will begin her interim duties Jan. 2 and work alongside Clausen.

"I look forward to working with him,'' said May.

She said Clausen can offer a lot of information and background and that it should aid her transition into the new duties.

Tom Cherveny

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

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