VACANCY IN OFFICE OF TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR
At the April 3rd Town Board meeting Supervisor Brent Mohn resigned his seat on the Town Board effective immediately which the Town Board accepted. A vacancy now exists on the Town Board. Minn. Stat. § 367.031, subd. 6, provides the procedures the Township is to follow to fill a vacancy in the office of township supervisor. According to the statute, a vacancy in the office of supervisor must be filled by an appointment committee comprised of the remaining supervisors and the town clerk. Any person appointed to fill the vacancy in the office of supervisor must, upon assuming the office, be an eligible voter, be at least 21 years of age, and have resided in the township for at least 30 days. The person appointed would serve the remainder of Mr. Mohn’s term which expires on January 4, 2021. It is anticipated that the appointment committee will filling this vacancy shortly. Anyone meeting the eligibility requirements and interested in being appointed to this vacant township supervisor position should contact LeRoy Clausen the Town Clerk at (952) 461-1930 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The statute also provides that when, for any reason, the appointment committee fails to fill a vacancy in the position of an elected town officer by appointment, a special election may be called. To call a special election, the supervisors and town clerk, or any two of them together with at least 12 other town freeholders, must file a statement in the town clerk’s office. The statement must tell why the election is being called and that the interests of the town require the election. When the appointment committee fails to fill a vacancy by appointment, a special town election may also be called on petition of 20 percent of the electors of the town. The percentage is of the number of voters at the last general election. A special town election must be conducted in the manner required for the annual town election. However, as stated above, it is anticipated that the appointment committee will be filling this vacancy shortly.