375A.11 CONSOLIDATION OF THE DUTIES OF COUNTY OFFICES.
Subdivision 1. Procedure.
Without restriction of the authority of the county board to assign
additional duties to the county auditor, county treasurer, court administrator of the district court
and county recorder for which additional compensation may be paid, and provided that the office
of county auditor, county treasurer, court administrator of district court, county attorney, sheriff or
county recorder may not be consolidated with another elective office listed in this subdivision
except pursuant to the provisions of section
, the county board may consolidate the duties
of any two or more county offices and may provide additional compensation for the additional
duties. The county board shall effect a consolidation by ordinance and may by this means
consolidate any two or more county offices provided that the person holding the consolidated
office possesses the qualifications required by law.
Subd. 2. Performance of duties.
If the duties of officers are consolidated pursuant to
this section, the county board by ordinance may elect to separate the duties so consolidated
and reconsolidate them in any other manner permitted by law or separate the duties without
reconsolidation and provide that the duties of each office shall be performed by a separate person,
if it deems the change to be in the public interest. When the duties of offices are united and
consolidated, the person filling the consolidated offices shall take the oath of each office and give
the bond required by the county board for each office and shall discharge all the duties pertaining
to each office.
Subd. 3. Vacancies in certain elective offices.
(a) If any of the offices of county auditor,
treasurer or county recorder shall become vacant before the expiration of the term for the office, a
county board may appoint either of the holders of the other two offices to fill the vacancy for the
unexpired term. The board may provide additional compensation for the added duties imposed on
the appointee by virtue of holding two offices for that period. If the office of county auditor or
treasurer becomes vacant, the county board may initiate a referendum by resolution to consolidate
the two offices into one elected office. The referendum shall be conducted according to section
375A.12, subdivisions 4 and 5
(b) The authority granted by paragraph (a) shall be in addition to the authorities granted
by existing law or statute and by the provisions of sections
consolidation and appointment of county offices; the authority granted by this subdivision may
be exercised notwithstanding any prohibitions against the holding of two offices that may exist
in the laws or statutes of this state.
History: 1973 c 542 s 11; 1976 c 181 s 2; 1986 c 399 art 1 s 24; 1986 c 416 s 6; 1986 c
444; 1Sp1986 c 3 art 1 s 82