Public hearings to discuss electing vs. appointing officials

MARSHALL – A series of public hearings about the possible future of two Lyon County elected offices has been scheduled, Lyon County Administrator Loren Stomberg said Monday.

The hearings will start out in Tracy on Tuesday evening and continue in other locations around the county next week.

Stomberg said members of the public will be encouraged to give their feedback on whether the county should request special legislation allowing the Lyon County Auditor/Treasurer and Lyon County Recorder to be made appointed positions, instead of elected offices. County commissioners discussed the issue at their last regular meeting.

The first of the public hearings will be at 6 p.m. today, at the Tracy City Hall. Stomberg said a hearing is tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday in Russell. Two hearings will be held on Feb. 4, – at 6 p.m. in Minneota and one at 7:30 p.m. at the Cottonwood Community Center. The final hearing will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 5 in the commissioners’ rooms at the Lyon County Government Center.

County commissioners will be attending the hearings, but the full county board will likely only be present for the final hearing in Marshall, Stomberg said.

“We’re going to go to these communities and discuss what the resolution (for special legislation) does,” Stomberg said.

If the state passes special legislation, it doesn’t mean the auditor/treasurer and recorder positions are automatically appointed. There would be an additional process for the county to follow, including more public feedback and other checks and balances, he said.

After the final hearing in Marshall, Stomberg said commissioners may decide to act on the question of asking for special legislation.

– Deb Gau