H.F. No. 954/S.F. No. 642. This bill provides the process to change the Marshall County recorder and auditor-treasurer from elected positions to appointed positions.
Section 1, subdivision 1 gives the Marshall County Board of Commissioners the authority to adopt a resolution that changes the county recorder and county auditor-treasurer positions from elected to appointed.
Subdivision 2. Once the County Board adopts a resolution and complies with the other provisions of this section, the duties of the elected officials are discharged by the Board acting through a department head. The change does not diminish, prohibit, or avoid the discharge of statutory duties.
Subdivision 3. The elected recorder and auditor-treasurer serve in their positions until the term to which they were elected is completed or a vacancy occurs.
Subdivision 4. Before adopting a resolution, the County Board must publish a proposed resolution twice. At the next regular meeting, the county must provide an opportunity for public comment on the issue. Then the Board may adopt a resolution that provides for the appointment of the recorder and auditor-treasurer, which must be approved by at least 80 percent of the Board.
Within 30 days after the second publication, a petition requesting a referendum may be filed with the auditor-treasurer. If the petition is sufficient, the question of appointing the two offices must be placed on the ballot at an election. If a majority of the voters in the county voting on the question vote in favor, the resolution may be implemented.
Section 2 provides that the bill is effective the day after local approval requirements are satisfied.