County board makes clerk of court appointed position
The Pierce County Board of Commissioners voted to draw up a resolution to change the clerk of court position to an appointed one at their regular monthly meeting on Thursday.
The vote was 4 to 1 in favor of the change. District 2 Commissioner Mike Christenson agreed with deputy court recorder Tami Mayer that the position should be an elected one.
“I just don’t feel that four commissioners should have a right to take away a vote,” Christenson said. “Why are we fighting overseas all the time to give others a right to vote and taking away one of our votes. The right to vote is very important.”
District 1 Commissioner Joe Bohl argued that making it an appointed position adds accountability because an elected official doesn’t have to keep full-time hours. All of the commissioners said they are pleased with the work of current Clerk of Court Coleen Stutrud.
The commission heard from dispatcher Yvonne Hagen, who also serves as community service coordinator. Hagen is working to increase opportunities and improve relations with the Cities of Velva and Bottineau. Both cities have provided community service opportunities in the past. Hagen expressed interest in working full time as the coordinator and the commission will explore whether surrounding counties will support that.
Court-ordered community service is typically done at non-profits. Bohl asked state’s attorney Galen Mack to consider allowing community service to be done at farms and businesses willing to pay to the county the hourly wage of the work done.
Mack expressed concern, but said he will look into whether other community service programs are doing something similar and, if so, how.
The council also voted to make District 4 Commissioner Duane Johnston the chairman. Former chairman Christenson was voted vice chairman.
The board approved the previous month’s minutes and bills and approved three contracts for Wold Engineering to handle three state road improvement jobs. The board approved the resignation of Deputy Sheriff Mike Erb.
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