Letter to the editor: County Auditor and Recorder should remain elected positions
By: Mitchel H. Costley, Two Harbors, Lake County News Chronicle
I read with interest that the Lake County board of commissioners is proposing to make the Lake County auditor and county recorder positions appointed by the county board.
If the county board is given the power by the Minnesota Legislature to abolish the auditor and recorder positions, that further consolidates the board’s power and control over county government. In my opinion, this further removes Lake County government from the voters. It also allows the county to continue to appoint people that are not residents of Lake County to these very significant positions.
As a former Lake County Attorney, I can only stress how important it is to have as many county positions filled by elections of the voters of Lake County. The elected positions make the county attorney, sheriff, auditor and recorder independent of the county board, a very necessary check and balance on county government. I am against making any currently elected county government position appointed by the county board. If you feel as I do, please contact your county commissioner and your state representative and state senator and voice your opposition.