BEULAH — A Benzie County commissioner resigned from her seat, the county’s finance supervisor left to take a job in Leelanau County and Administrator Mitch Deisch introduced he’ll retire on the finish of summer season.
Commissioner Linda Farrell introduced on the January organizational assembly that she was stepping down from her District 3 seat, which incorporates the town of Frankfort and Crystal Lake Township. She was elected in 2018 and once more in November.
“I resigned for private causes,” Farrell mentioned. “It wasn’t political, it doesn’t have something to do with COVID-19.”
Susan Boyd was employed in June 2018 to fill a finance supervisor place that was created as a part of the county’s strategic plan calling for nearer monetary oversight. Boyd’s duties included reviewing proposals from accounting corporations for a complete assessment of the county’s funds, budgeting and dealing with county departments to enhance their monetary administration.
Boyd has taken a place as finance supervisor and board secretary with the Leelanau County Street Fee. She replaces Joe Nedow, who left in July to take a publish with the Benzie County Street Fee.
Deisch on Jan. 1 despatched a letter to board members and division heads letting them know of his intention to retire on the finish of August.
Deisch’s contract doesn’t expire till September 2022. Beneath the contract he’s required to provide 60 days discover of his intent to depart. Diesch mentioned he needed to provide at the very least six months discover to make sure an environment friendly transition to a brand new county administrator.
In his letter Deisch mentioned the county wants to make use of an out of doors agency to recruit a brand new administrator.
“This was not finished five-plus years in the past, ensuing within the course of being lower than fascinating,” Deisch wrote.
He has been with the county since 2015, and has labored his complete 31-year profession in native authorities, he mentioned.
Commissioner Bob Roelofs, who was this month elected chair for an additional yr, mentioned the six-month discover was beneficiant. He mentioned the fee could look to slim three positions within the administrator’s workplace to 2. At the moment there’s a human sources/accounts payable publish, the finance supervisor and the administrator.
The county could not want a finance supervisor any longer, he mentioned.
“Susan had put us in fairly fine condition together with her background and the analysis she has finished over the past yr,” Roelofs mentioned. “We really don’t know what we’re searching for as a result of that’s fairly a bit to swallow all of sudden.”
Diesch mentioned the board could desire a extra finance-oriented administrator, one thing his talent set doesn’t embody.
“However I’m not going to pre-suppose what the Board of Commissioners goes to search for,” Deisch mentioned.
Roelofs mentioned Farrell’s choice was a complete shock and that she will probably be missed.
“She introduced an entire totally different facet to the board, a special mindset perhaps than the remainder of us,” Roelofs mentioned. She was additionally thorough and diligent, he mentioned.
Farrell was the one Democrat on the board, one thing that has made her really feel ambivalent about leaving, she mentioned.
“This was a really laborious alternative, however it was the appropriate alternative for me,” she mentioned.
These thinking about filling the District 3 fee seat ought to ship a resume and letter of curiosity to Benzie Clerk Daybreak Olney. Purposes are due by midday Jan. 27. To be thought of, an applicant should be a resident of the district and be a registered voter.
A particular assembly is deliberate for 9 a.m. Jan. 29 on the Benzie County Authorities Middle at which candidates will probably be interviewed and an appointment made.
As of Thursday the county had not obtained any purposes, although the place had not too long ago been posted, Olney mentioned.