Two Crow Wing County employees in the auditor's office left with a combined 50-plus years of experience between them and now there are new faces in the office.
Sandra Magnan, former county deputy auditor and tax director, retired Feb. 28. Doug Johanson, chief deputy auditor, retired May 23.
Magnan started with the county auditor's office in 1973. She was responsible for the proposed and final tax rolls. She also had to keep up with state legislative changes regarding taxes.
Johanson began with the county in 1983. He was responsible for the budget and the accounts receivable and payable. He also did the payroll for about 440 county employees.
Angela Burrs, who was the Fillmore County auditor, succeeds Magnan. Michael Carlson, who was an accountant with the county, is filling Johanson's former duties.
County Auditor Roy Luukkonen said 29 applicants sought Magnan's position and 46 tried for Johanson's position. Luukkonen said Magnan and Johanson assisted with the interviews. The top five candidates for each position were interviewed.
Luukkonen said Burrs was familiar with the state tax laws and had the experience to take on Magnan's role. He said Carlson came from the private sector and had accounting experience. Luukkonen said Burrs and Carlson were the highest qualified candidates for the positions.
Burrs began with the county in late February. Burrs had 17 years of experience in Fillmore County in the southeastern part of the state. She had been the Fillmore County auditor since 1995.
She earned a bachelor of science degree in business public administration in 1983 and a bachelor of art degree in psychology in 1994 from Winona State University.
Carlson, of Staples, started with Crow Wing County in June 2002 as an accountant. He applied for Johanson's position because it was his goal to take on a supervisor role.
Carlson graduated with a bachelor of science degree in accounting from St. Cloud State University. Before coming to the county, he worked at Dayton's Commercial Interiors in Minneapolis as an accountant and supervisor.
"The county will miss the knowledge and experience of both Sandy and Doug. The perception is when you lose someone with 30 years of experience there is a void," he said. "But I am very fortunate to retain staff."
Luukkonen said there are three employees in the auditor's office with 20 years of experience and another two with 15 years of experience. Luukkonen celebrated his 35th anniversary with the county Wednesday. Luukkonen, 58, said he has not thought about retiring yet.
"I enjoy being the county auditor," he said. "Everyone knows when it is time (to retire). I'm in my first year of my four-year term (as auditor)."
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