Germscheid will step down as LS County Auditor

Jake Keohen, Montgomery Messenger

The Le Sueur County Board of Commissioners accepted the resignation of County Auditor Ron Germscheid as part of a brief meeting agenda Tuesday, Sept. 1.

The resignation, which is effective December 31, did not come as a surprise, since he had unofficially announced earlier his intentions to step. Germscheid has held the office since 2001, when he succeeded the former auditor, Terry Overn.

Germscheid has been with the county since 1975, when he started as deputy auditor.

The commissioners accepted the resignation with regrets, and will be working on a plan for filling the position.

Also Tuesday:

• The board was informed by Byron Jost of Pettipiece & Associates that a governmental unit must be the applicant for a possible $500,000 Small Cities Neighborhood Development Grant for home renovations, rather than the local Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA). Therefore, the county must apply, and then work closely with the HRA.

• The board held informational meetings with county employees concerning the 2010 budget, including reduction of expenses, use of reserves and the possible tax levy. Options for reducing staff expenses include a pay freeze and a one day per month furlough without pay.

• The next regular meeting of the county board is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15, with an 8:30 a.m. start to cover several agenda items. The commissioners do not meet on Tuesday, Sept. 8, but will hold another informational session with county employees at the Environmental Building starting at 8 a.m., followed by a road tour with Highway Engineer Darrell Pettis at 9 a.m.

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