Board to act on county attorney position

NEW ULM — Brown County Commissioners will reconsider a resolution designating the Brown County attorney position as full-time Jan. 22.

The resolution was tabled by a 3-2 vote with commissioners Tony Berg and Dean Simonsen dissenting Jan. 16.

With the results of the November 2014 election in which he was elected, Brown County Attorney Chuck Hanson said he would not have a private practice. A that time, all County Attorney’s Office positions were transitioned to full time, according to the request for board action.

The county’s position description for the assistant county attorney that was approved by commissioners in in 2015 specified that assistant county attorney positions are full-time.

Minnesota Statute 388.21 authorizes the County Board of Commissioners to address whether or not the county attorney may engage in the private practice of law. Given the transition that occurred after the November 2014 election, the County Board may desire to consider the resolution.

If the County Board favors the resolution, the status of the county attorney would be similar to the status of the other three elected county department heads.

Commissioners will also consider:

• A resolution for the Association of Minnesota Counties Mental Health bonding.

• Payroll and timecard vendors selection.

• County Assessor Anne Grunert’s county board of review.

• A 2017 County Landfill Annual Report and 2018 Environmental Monitoring Report.

• A well-sealing cost share program through the Planning and Zoning Office.

• Findings of fact for consolidation of improvement 11, laterals A and B.

• Findings of fact for redetermination of benefits on County Ditches 11, 68, and 71.

• Planning Commission recommendations.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the courthouse commissioners’ room.

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