Renville County commissioners appoint Lisa Meints as auditor treasurer
The county board of commissioners appointed Lisa Meints to serve as the county's first appointed — rather than elected — auditor/treasurer.
OLIVIA — Renville County has its first appointed auditor/treasurer.
The Renville County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Jan. 10 to appoint Lisa Meints to an indefinite term as the county auditor/treasurer.
The appointment is effective Jan. 13, which marks the conclusion of a 30-day period following a public hearing and the adoption of an ordinance allowing the county to make the position appointed, rather than elected.
Meints has been serving as interim auditor/treasurer since late last year. The commissioners appointed her to serve in place of Marc Iverson. He was re-elected to a four-year term last November, but announced his resignation shortly before the election to accept a career opportunity.
Legislation allows counties to make the row office an appointed position. Citizens have the right to put the decision to vote if a petition is brought to the board with signatures representing 10% of those voting in the last election.
In previous discussions, the commissioners said the county has been very fortunate to have been served by elected auditor/treasurers who have been well-qualified for the position. By making the position appointed, the county can establish qualifications and assure that the position continues to be served by individuals with the qualifications that the position demands, they said.
Commissioners Doug Erickson and Randy Kramer moved to appoint Meints to the position, and the vote in support was unanimous.