Benson named auditor-recorder

Benson

Benson

Washington Township resident Nan Benson has been selected by the Marshall County Board of Supervisors to replace Deanne Raymond as the next Marshall County auditor-recorder, board Chairman Bill Patten said Monday.

“Nan Benson is going to be our auditor-recorder,” he said after confirming that she was willing to accept the position after a closed board session.

“I was very excited,” said Benson, who lives just east of State Center, after hearing the news. She currently works with Emerson Process Management as a training and project specialist for the Global Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) Team.

Patten said the board interviewed one other candidate for the job, and that not all applicants were interviewed. He said the exact starting date for Benson’s term isn’t set at this point, and that Marshall County Treasurer Jarret Heil is still the acting auditor-recorder.

“That transition, we’re not quite sure about yet,” he said, adding the subject is set to be discussed at the board’s Oct. 31 meeting. “[Benson] has got to work with her employer, and she’s got some responsibilities to sew up, so we don’t really have an actual date yet.”

Patten said Benson was chosen because the board decided, based on factors like work experience and education, that she was the best qualified for the job.

“I train on various HR systems, and I’m training internal employees … I train people on how to utilize these systems,” Benson said of her current work. “I’m an accountant and a CPA by trade.”

She is also currently the Washington Township clerk, and has experience working with the auditor-recorder’s office in that capacity; she will step down from both of her current positions to fulfill her new duties with the county.

“That is always hard, leaving a place where you have a good working relationship, and enjoy what you’re doing; it’s a little bit of mixed feelings because Emerson’s a great place to work,” Benson said. “I enjoy what I’m doing here now, but it seemed like an opportunity I want to investigate further.”

She said the wide range of the office’s duties was, in part, why she decided to apply for selection to the position.

If she wants to stay on as the auditor-recorder beyond the 2018 midterm election, Benson will have to run in next year’s primary and general election.

“That will all be a new learning curve for me,” she said of potentially running for office in 2018, adding she is excited to begin serving the county. “I’m looking forward to the new opportunity and the new challenges.”

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