383A.20 GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION.
Subdivision 1.[Repealed, 1991 c 51 s 6
Subd. 2. Auditor, treasurer, court commissioner and county recorder.
(a) In the county of
Ramsey, the offices of county auditor, county treasurer, court commissioner, and county recorder
are not elective but filled by appointment by the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners as
provided in subdivisions 1 and 2, unless the office is abolished pursuant to a reorganization
or consolidation under clause (b).
(b) The duties, functions and responsibilities which are required by statute to be performed by
the various elected officials whose offices are by subdivisions 1 and 2 made appointive are vested
in and performed by Ramsey County. Ramsey County may initiate and direct a reorganization,
consolidation, reallocation or delegation of these duties, functions, or responsibilities to promote
efficiency in county government, and may make the other administrative changes, including the
abolishing of the offices of auditor, treasurer and county recorder or the transfer of personnel that
the county considers necessary for this purpose. The reorganization, reallocation, or delegation or
other administrative change or transfer does not diminish, prohibit or avoid those specific duties
required by statute to be performed by those officials whose office is now made appointive.
(c) The elected county auditor, county treasurer, court commissioner, and county recorder
shall serve as the heads of departments created by Ramsey County to perform the functions
performed by their offices and shall serve until their terms of office expire; or upon the expiration
of their terms until successors are appointed and duly qualify; and shall not prior to age 70 be
disqualified from reappointment by reason of age.
Subd. 3. Group insurance for retired employees.
Ramsey County shall provide to each
employee, including an elected official, who retires, during retirement or to the surviving spouse
of the employee, insurance protection in the amount that the county considers proper, providing
medical, surgical and hospitalization benefits for the employee and dependent spouse. These
benefits may not exceed benefits of similar nature existent and authorized for employees of the
county. For these benefits for each retired employee, the average monthly premium cost is limited
to $14 and for the spouse of the employee the monthly premium cost is limited to $10. If the
revised Consumers' Price Index, as published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau
of Labor Statistics, for the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota (or if no index is published for the city
of Minneapolis, for the nearest city to Minneapolis for which an index is published), as of January
15 of each year (or for the date nearest to January 15 if no index is published as of January 15),
shall be above 119 (using the average for the year 1967 as a base), the total maximum amounts for
average monthly premium cost shall be increased by one percent for each point increase in the
index above 119. For purposes of this computation, a fractional point increase shall be disregarded
if less than one-half point and treated as one full point if one-half point, or more.
Subd. 4. Eligibility.
The benefits provided in subdivision 3 are available at normal retirement
to each employee or elected official who retires at normal retirement; at age 65 to each employee
or elected official who retires after 55 years of age or older and has at least 20 years of county
service; and at age 62 to each employee or elected official who retires after 62 years of age or
older and has at least 30 years of county service.
Subd. 5. Workers' compensation for sheriff's personnel.
Ramsey County may insure with
an insurance carrier its liability to pay workers' compensation with respect to personnel subject to
the authority of its sheriff who are engaged in the furnishing of police service to a city or town
pursuant to the provisions of section
. This insurance shall be governed by the provisions
of chapter 176. The failure of the county of Ramsey to insure with an insurance carrier its liability
to pay workers' compensation to any other employee or group of employees shall not preclude
exercise of the authority conferred by this subdivision.
Subd. 6.[Repealed, 1991 c 51 s 6
Subd. 7.[Repealed, 1991 c 51 s 6
Subd. 8.[Repealed, 1991 c 51 s 6
; 1991 c 326 s 27
Subd. 9.[Repealed, 1991 c 51 s 6
Subd. 10. Automobile mileage.
Generally.Ramsey County may provide for the payment
of an automobile allowance to a county officer or employee, except a county commissioner, who
officially uses a personal automobile in the performance of public duties. The authorization
shall include any limitations as to amount and persons qualified for the automobile allowance,
the formula to be used for the allowance, and other limitations or safeguards that the county
considers to be expedient in the public interest. A county commissioner may receive actual and
necessary expenses as provided in the charter.
Definition.Automobile allowance is defined as the payment of compensation or
reimbursement made by the county, through the use of a formula decided upon by the county, to
an officer or employee for the use of a personal automobile in the performance of public duty.
Limitations.Ramsey County shall have full authority and control, free from other
limitations except as provided in this subdivision, to provide the method of payment, the formula
for payment and the amount of the automobile allowance to be paid. This subdivision, insofar as
the county of Ramsey is concerned, is paramount to any other statute of the state of Minnesota
Subd. 11.[Repealed, 1991 c 51 s 6
Subd. 12. Cash over and short account of imprest cash fund.
The county may establish a
cash over and short account within each of its imprest cash funds and cash receipt accounts. This
account shall be used to record on a daily basis overages and shortages of cash receipts.
At the end of each fiscal year, the county shall credit or debit the overage or shortage from
each imprest cash fund and cash receipt account to the county revenue fund.
In the instance of a debit balance remaining in the cash over or short account, the county may
transfer money sufficient to offset the debit balance from any available fund.
The county budget director shall make the appropriate adjustments and entries on the general
books of the county.
History: 1974 c 435 s 1.0214; 1978 c 743 s 6; 1986 c 444; 1991 c 51 s 3