375A.05 AT-LARGE CHAIR PLAN.
Subdivision 1. Elected countywide.
Subject to the exclusions cited in section
, any county may provide for the office of chair of the board with candidates for
the office nominated and elected by all the voters of the county separate and apart from other
members of the board, except that the chair of the board selected by this method shall be a
member of the county board in all other respects. This option shall be known as the at-large chair
plan. Upon the adoption of the at-large chair plan, the county shall be redistricted to reflect the
change in number of commissioners on the board. Unless a county had adopted either the at-large
chair or the elected executive plan, each board shall elect a chair from among its membership
pursuant to the provisions of section
Subd. 2. County board of five or seven required.
The at-large chair plan may be adopted
only in those counties which have county boards of five or seven members. The change to a county
board of five or seven members may be instituted concurrently with the change to the at-large
chair plan in which case the county board resolution, the study commission recommendation or
the petition by the voters initiating the plan shall indicate the number of members to be on the
board including the at-large chair. If the resolution, the recommendation or the petition does not
specify the number to be on the board, the board shall consist of the same number, including the
at-large chair as before the adoption of an option, unless the number of the board is greater than
seven. If the board is less than five, it shall be increased to five; and if greater than seven, it
shall be reduced to seven.
Subd. 3. Term, qualifications.
The first at-large chair shall be elected at the county general
election following the adoption of the at-large chair plan and every four years thereafter. The chair
shall hold office for a term of four years commencing on the first Monday of January following
election. The chair shall be a resident of the county and shall be nominated and elected by all the
voters of the county in the manner provided by law for the election of county officers.
Subd. 4. Salary.
The salary of the at-large chair for the first year of the term shall be
set by the county board not less than 30 days before the first day candidates may file for the
office; thereafter, the salary of the at-large chair shall be set annually by the county board at the
January meeting of the board; provided that the salary of the at-large chair shall not be less than
120 percent of the salary of the highest paid member of the board of county commissioners. A
minimum salary for each subsequent term of the at-large chair shall be fixed by the county board
not less than 30 days before the first day candidates may file for the office in an amount not less
than the minimum provided in this section.
History: 1973 c 542 s 5; 1986 c 444