By Nathalie Hardy • Columnist • 

Commissioners to appoint next surveyor

Foreseeing that development, Linscheid made a case for keeping the office elective in his resignation letter. But commissioners made it clear they seemed to be leaning toward making it appointive, given its relatively narrow and technical nature.

Linscheid’s unsolicited parting advice didn’t set well with Commissioner Allen Springer. Springer said he liked Linscheid, but was disappointed with his treatment of the commissioners on his departure.

He said “The commissioners extended him a great favor by overriding the term limits, which made sense. I’m not questioning that at all, but it was done to help him out.

“He’s on one side of the argument when it’s beneficial to him, but when he’s on the way out the door, he takes the other side? You can’t have it both ways.”

Springer went on to note, “He said he regretted leaving commissioners an opening for making the office appointive. But he didn’t give us that opening; the Legislature did.”

County Counsel Rick Sanai concurred, saying unless the commissioners chose to make the position elective, it would default to being appointive. But he said that didn’t mean they couldn’t, on in the future, decide to make it elective again.

With that, they proceeded to unanimously overturn the exemption granted to Linscheid, making the office appointive.

They followed up by contracting with Planning Commissioner Matt Dunckel, a private surveyor, to analyze the current job requirements for them at a cost not to exceed $5,000. They felt that would help them decide how to fill the post.

In other business, the commissioners:

n Modified their policies on tourist-oriented directional signs on county roads, with the intention of reducing clutter.

n Agreed to work with the clerk to authorize debit and credit card transactions for county payments, currently limited to cash and check.

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