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Search for new county auditor starts after Jan. 1

The Stutsman County Commission will wait until the start of 2018 to begin its search for a new county auditor/ chief operating officer.

At its meeting Tuesday the commission discussed the process it wants to follow in finding a replacement for Casey Bradley. Bradley, the former county auditor/chief operating officer, resigned on Aug.

4. The commission in August appointed Nicole Meland, Bradley’s deputy county auditor and recorder, as the interim county auditor/chief operating officer. The County Commission planned to take up finding a replacement for Bradley after approving the 2018 county budget in October.

Mark Klose, commission chairman, said Meland has been doing a great job, as has the county‘s staff, but he thought the commission should form a committee of two commissioners, a county employee and two county residents who aren’t county employees to help the commission in hiring a new county auditor/chief operating officer.

Everything is working great, but how long do we need to wait?

Chairman MARK KLOSE Stutsman , County Commission ,

“Maybe we can streamline some of our workload here,” he said in forming the committee.

Klose said the committee could review applications and resumes, weed out people who aren’t qualified and bring the best three or four candidates to the County Commission for consideration. He said he didn’t think the county needed to hire a consultant to guide the commission through the hiring process for the position.

Commissioner Dale Marks said hiring a consultant is what the County Commission has done in the past and the consultant did the job that Klose said he wants a committee to do.

Klose said he would maybe like to have someone who works in human resources with a larger company be on his proposed committee.

“Someone willing to sit with us, or this committee, and give us some ideas on where we could advertise, or what we are looking for (in a new county auditor/ chief operating officer),” he said.

Klose said he knew some commission members wanted to wait until after Jan. 1 to start the search. He said if that is what the commission wants to do that is fine, but the commission has already waited four months to start the process.

“Everything is working great (with Meland and her staff), but how long do we need to wait?” he said.

Commissioner Dave Schwartz said he agreed with Klose that things were going fine, but there isn’t any need to rush into making any decision on the position.

“The staff we have now is doing an excellent job,” he said.

Klose said it wouldn’t hurt to wait a couple of more months, but the commission should then start advertising for the position.

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Chris Olson

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