The Morrison County Board has one more loophole to address before it names its new county administrator.
The county has been without an administrator since July 11 when Tim Houle resigned after 14 years to take the administrator position with Crow Wing County.
Steve Reger, Morrison's interim administrator, said Friday that the board entered into negotiations in late December with Deb Gruber, the county's treasurer. However, since Gruber is an elected official, Reger said the law states that the administrator cannot hold an elected position at the same time.
Reger said the county must have a plan in place for the treasurer position before Gruber can officially be named the county administrator. Reger said the county board met in a planning meeting Thursday to discuss the position. He said the board discussed four of its departments - treasurer, recorder, auditor and administrator - to look for ways the county can be more cost-effective and efficient in the way it provides services. The commissioners took no action at the meeting. Reger said the issue will be on the board agenda sometime in the near future.
Gruber was hired in 2005 to fill the treasurer position in the county and was elected into the position in the fall of 2006.
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