Filling the vacancy

Supervisors look to appoint auditor replacement by Nov. 1

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With Friday’s announcement of Deanne Raymond’s resignation as Marshall County Auditor-Recorder, the Marshall County Board of Supervisors met in special session Monday morning to accept the move and talk next steps.

“Yes, it was, regretfully,” said Supervisor Steve Salasek, confirming that the board accepted Raymond’s resignation, which took effect this past Friday.

With the resignation accepted, the board confirmed in a motion that Marshall County Treasurer Jarret Heil will take up the auditor-recorder post for the time being.

Per Iowa Code, the board has a 40-day window to appoint a replacement at the position.

“We made a motion that the supervisors would appoint an auditor-recorder by Nov. 1,” Salasek said.

The potential for a special election was also discussed at the meeting.

“We know that if we don’t come up with someone within the 40-day period, that may be the direction that it goes,” Salasek said of the possibility of a special election.

He described the meeting as “short and sweet,” and added that the auditor-recorder position will be discussed at future regular board meetings.

With the clock officially ticking for the board to appoint a replacement, Salasek said the search is on.

“There’s no one yet, at this point,” he said.

Upon the announcement of her resignation, Raymond said she and her family were moving out of the county, disqualifying her from holding the auditor-recorder position.

County voters may also file a petition for a special election to fill the vacancy. This action can be taken within 14 days of the publication of the notice of the vacancy, or within 14 days of the appointment to fill the vacancy, per section 69.14A of the Iowa Code.

If an appointment is made, the person appointed must have been a county resident at least 60 days prior to their appointment.

For more information on filling vacancies of elected county officers, visit https://www.legis.iowa.gov/DOCS/IACODE/2001/69/14A.html

The next scheduled board of supervisors meeting is slated for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 in meeting room No. 2 on the third floor of the Marshall County Courthouse.

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