County treasurer may become appointed position

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County Treasurer Ron Vadnais has formally notified the county board of commissioners that he will not seek re-election to an 11th four-year term in 2022.

With the announcement, the process is now underway that would see the position appointed by the county board rather than filled by the vote of the citizens of Swift County. Counties were given the authority to make the change under a law passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2020.
Under the state statute, it says counties can make the change when:
(1) There is a vacancy in the office;
(2) The current officeholder has notified the county board that the officer will not file for the office;
(3) And there is a signed contract with the county board and the incumbent auditor, treasurer, auditor-treasurer, or recorder that provides that the incumbent officer will be appointed to the position and retain tenure, pay, and benefits equal to or greater than length of service.

The county elected officer must submit the letter before 104 days before the filing date for the office opens. For the treasurer’s position, that isn’t required until next spring...

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