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Letter to the editor: Leave county posts up to voters

From Don Graden, Two Harbors

“You’ve got to be kidding me!!” That’s what I thought when I heard and read that the Lake County Board of Commissioners wants to appoint the head of the auditor and recorder departments, rather than have the posts filled by election, as it is done now.

I have been searching for the reason as to why they would want to do this. It is highly unlikely that they could find anyone with any experience in these jobs, so chances are that the appointee would have to learn the job while supposedly running the department.

Personally, I think it is about the board having more control over these departments. The appointee would be beholden to the board for the job, thereby making it easier for the board to steer them where they want them to go. I can’t figure out what is wrong with these departments that they think needs fixing. Micromanaging comes to mind, and who needs that?

If we allow this to happen, what would they want next? Perhaps appointing the sheriff?

It can’t happen unless the state legislature gives them the power and, frankly, I don’t know how the state voted to give counties the right to appoint auditor and recorder department heads.

Countries in different parts of the world are looking for freedoms that we have: we are what they would like to be. The Declaration of Independence gave us rights; don’t let anyone diminish them.

Below is a list of the commissioners. Give them a call and tell them you would like to exercise your right to VOTE.

Rick Goutermont

(218) 226-4982

Jeremy Hurd

(218) 341-8628

Brad Jones

(218) 393-6686

Rich Svee (Chair)

(218) 343-6153

Peter Walsh

(218) 353-7680