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Burleigh County commissioners on Monday appointed an interim auditor to replace longtime Auditor/Treasurer Kevin Glatt. 

Glatt submitted his resignation to the commission on Oct. 3, effective Dec. 14. He offered no reason for his decision in the letter and has declined comment to the Tribune.

The commission voted unanimously to approve County Tax Equalization Director Allan Vietmeier. He will serve as auditor from mid-December until the Nov. 3, 2020, general election, and also continue his duties as tax equalization director, a deputy auditor position.

“The office will run as normal; nothing will change,” Vietmeier said. “We will utilize temporary staff like we do in any election year to fill the gaps.”

Commissioner Brian Bitner recommended Vietmeier for the role.

“I thought that for continuity, Clyde was probably the best person with his experience, but there is also great experience within the staff of the office,” Bitner said, referring to County Finance Director Clyde Thompson. “I think Al will certainly be a good person to appoint that position.”

Bitner on Oct. 21 had recommended appointing Thompson to the temporary auditor role. The commission earlier this year awarded Thompson an Excellence in County Government Award. He plans to retire next year, and the county is looking for candidates for his position. 

Thompson, who was present at the Oct. 21 meeting, declined to accept the temporary auditor role. Other commissioners suggested contacting additional candidates. 

A subcommittee comprised of Commissioners Bitner and Jerry Woodcox and County Human Resources Director Tammy Terras met with employees in the auditor/treasurer office Oct. 24 to find out who was interested in the role, according to Terras. During the meeting, Thompson told commissioners he didn’t want to be considered to “focus on retirement,” Terras said. 

County commissioners typically appoint deputy auditors to fill temporary roles, according to Jeff Eslinger, assistant executive director of the North Dakota Association of Counties. Robin Grenz, the other deputy Burleigh County auditor, did not meet the requirements to be appointed because she lives in Morton County, Terras said. 

Glatt was reelected for a fifth term as auditor/treasurer last year, when he ran unopposed. He was elected Burleigh County auditor in 1986, at age 26, and was reelected to three more four-year terms. In 2002, he was elected auditor/treasurer when the positions were combined. 

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Reach Andy Tsubasa Field at 701-250-8264 or andy.field@bismarcktribune.com.

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