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December 02, 2016
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Rouis calls for change of government; opposition calls for separate legal representation

The bipartisan coalition in favor of hiring a new county manager are Alan Sorensen, left, Kitty Vetter, Cora Edwards, Cindy Gieger and Gene Benson.

The county manager’s first term of office ended on December 31, 2012, but his agreement, or contract with the county, runs through the end of 2014. In 2007, the county charter was changed to require that six of nine legislative votes are needed to remove a county manager from office, but because legislators did not vote to grant Fanslau a new term last July, there are disagreements as to whether his employment with the county can be ended by a simple majority.

Sorensen said, and the four other lawmakers echoed the point, that because county attorney Sam Yasger represents the legislature and the county manager, the five legislators want to retain outside legal counsel. This, they said, would avoid putting Yasgur into a conflict situation.

Legislator Cora Edwards said that the residents of the county would have to decide whether there would be a switch to a county executive form of government, though it’s not certain at this point if the matter has enough traction to get that far.

The other lawmakers who supported a change in the county manager’s office were Kitty Vetter, Cindy Gieger and Gene Benson.

In the audio clip, Jonathan Rouis speaks first, then Alan Sorensen.