Voter's Guide: Morrison County
Morrison County Auditor/Treasurer
Employment: Morrison County auditor-treasurer.
Public office experience: Morrison County auditor-treasurer since January 2015.
What do you want to accomplish if elected? Continue to look for efficiencies in the auditor-treasurer's office; look for efficiencies in processes between the land services departments; cross-training of all staff; and work on ways to make motor vehicle systems and fees run more smoothly and fairly.
Specifically, how would you accomplish your goals? Continue to look for efficiencies in the office. Also, there should be new opportunities to create efficiencies with relocations of land services departments next to each other. Re-evaluate everyone's skill set to ensure they perform the job duties appropriate to their skill set; cross-training all staff once this is determined. As a department, re-evaluate processes we perform to ensure they are done in the most efficient manner. Work to make motor vehicle software systems and fee systems run more smoothly and fairly. I would continue to work with legislative groups and legislators to make this better for staff and patrons.
What abilities or qualifications separate you from your competition? Why are you the best candidate for the job? I am the current Morrison County auditor-treasurer. I have an accounting degree from College of St. Benedict's, a master's in business administration from Metropolitan State University and my CPA certificate. I have more than 34 years accounting experience, 39 years supervising, 36 years budgeting, nine years teaching college level accounting, 20 years of private business and 10 years working in the auditor-treasurer's office in Stearns County. I run a successful consulting business. I am certified in property tax calculation through the Minnesota Department of Revenue, have experience processing deed and land transactions, and have many years of customer service experience.
Occupation: Account specialist, deputy auditor-treasurer in the Morrison County Auditor-Treasurer's Office.
Public office experience: Account specialist, deputy auditor-treasurer in the Morrison County Auditor-Treasurer's Office.
What do you want to accomplish if elected? When elected, my main goal is to make sure that the taxpayers' dollars are going the extra mile while being safe and secure. I plan to implement new procedures to be more effective saving time and money. I will provide accountability to restore confidence in our local office.
Specifically, how would you accomplish your goals? As the county auditor-treasurer I will be actively engaged in both the auditor-treasurer's office and Department of Motor Vehicles which will open new doors to better opportunities for the county. I will invest in the best opportunities properly, making sure they are all accounted for allowing us to gain the best return. I will set time every year to work with staff on tax-forfeited properties to make sure we can have the least amount of parcels off the tax rolls. I will utilize our resources that we have within our county offices instead of outsourcing work.
What abilities or qualifications separate you from your competition? Why are you the best candidate for the job? Great things in business are never done by one person. They are done by a team of people. I am the candidate who will work together as a team with both staff and taxpayers to have a positively invested future. I will stand by your side and make your voices heard. You can count on me to be actively engaged and accountable daily. I will make sure all duties are done correctly and within a timely matter. I am the best candidate for the job because I am the one willing to go the extra mile for our taxpayers.
Morrison County Soil and Water Supervisor, District 4
Occupation: Full-time farmer and truck driver. Been self-employed for over 50 years.
Public office experience: I have served on the Buckman Township Board for 37 years as chairman and supervisor.
Why are the you the best candidate for the job? I am seeking this position because of the experience I have received as a township board member. I have been able to work with other board members, respect their opinions, and come to an agreeable decision and be able to come up with a solution to the problems they are dealt with. I feel the Soil and Water Board will benefit from my experience as township board member, business owner and a farmer. These are the qualifications that I am able to bring to the Soil and Water Board.
Occupation: Retired Oct. 30, 2015; 32 years in military, farmer from 1977 to present and owner of a small manufacturing plant.
Public office experience: I have not served in public office. However, I had five different
commands and served in many staff positions during my military career.
Why are you the best candidate for the job? I support less regulations and restrictions for
farmers to drain wet spots in fields, maintenance of drainage ditches and tile throughout.
I support maintenance and preservation of rivers, lakeshore and wetlands with a common-sense approach to protect our soil and water from pollution and flooding. During my four-and-a-half years of military tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, I worked with the Army Corps of Engineers with land use and expanding forward operation bases that include EPA and OSHA standards. I've seen the changes taking place the past 30 years and it is getting harder and harder for the farmers to manage.