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CHAPTER 258-S.F.No. 2434 An act relating to Polk county; providing a process for making certain offices appointive in Polk county. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. [POLK COUNTY OFFICERS MAY BE APPOINTED.] Subdivision 1. [AUTHORITY TO MAKE OFFICE APPOINTIVE.] Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 382.01, upon adoption of a resolution by the Polk county board of commissioners, the offices of county recorder and county auditor-treasurer are not elective but must be filled by appointment by the county board as provided in the resolution. Subd. 2. [BOARD CONTROLS; MAY CHANGE AS LONG AS DUTIES DONE.] Upon adoption of a resolution by the Polk county board of commissioners and subject to subdivisions 3 and 4, the duties of an elected official required by statute whose office is made appointive as authorized by this section must be discharged by the board of commissioners of Polk county acting through a department head appointed by the board for that purpose. A reorganization, reallocation, or delegation or other administrative change or transfer does not diminish, prohibit, or avoid the discharge of duties required by statute. Subd. 3. [INCUMBENTS TO COMPLETE TERM.] The person elected at the last general election to an office made appointive under this section must serve in that capacity and perform the duties, functions, and responsibilities required by statute until the completion of the term of office to which the person was elected or until a vacancy occurs in the office, whichever occurs earlier. Subd. 4. [PUBLISHING RESOLUTION; PETITION, REFERENDUM.] The county board may provide for the appointment of a county office as permitted in this section if the resolution to make the office appointive is approved by at least 80 percent of the members of the county board. Before the adoption of the resolution, the county board must publish a resolution notifying the public of its intent to consider the option once each week for two consecutive weeks in the official publication of the county. Following the publication, the county board shall provide an opportunity at its next regular meeting for public comment relating to the option, prior to formally adopting the option. The resolution may be implemented without the submission of the question to the voters of the county unless, within 30 days after the second publication of the resolution, a petition requesting a referendum, signed by at least ten percent of the registered voters of the county, is filed with the county auditor. If a petition is filed, the resolution may be implemented unless disapproved by a majority of the voters of the county voting on the question at a regular or special election. Subd. 5. [EFFECTIVE DATE; LOCAL APPROVAL.] This section is effective the day after the governing body of Polk county and its chief clerical officer timely complete their compliance with Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021, subdivisions 2 and 3. Presented to the governor March 20, 2002 Signed by the governor March 22, 2002, 2:11 p.m.