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Baraga County Board Discuses Treasurer Retirement

The Baraga County Board of Commissioners spent some time addressing the timeline for the retirement of County Treasurer Anne Koski last night.

Koski is set to step down March 31st, after a dozen years on the job.

She’s concerned that won’t leave her enough time to train her successor…

With several critical projects either underway or about to begin, Koski offered to delay her retirement until September 30th, if the board would hire her replacement now, as a staff member to work at her side.

Commissioner Gale Eilola supported the idea, but his motion died for lack of a second. Concerned about the cost, commissioner Dan Robillard wanted to proceed with the current timetable, but his motion also died for lack of a second.

In the end, commissioners decided to delay a decision until they see who applies for the job. The first advertisement for the position will be published in the L’Anse Sentinel this week.

The hiring decision will be made by a committee comprised of County Clerk Wendy Goodreau, Prosecuting Attorney Joseph O’Leary, and Probate Judge Tim Brennan.

Whoever is hired will still need to run for election in November.

State retirement system rules prevent the county from keeping Koski on as a paid consultant during the first 60 days after her retirement date.

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