Barnes County Commissioners appointed Beth Didier as county auditor during a special meeting on Monday.
Didier, who lives near Eckelson, is currently employed at the Valley City USDA office as a rural development loan specialist. Didier has a business degree from Valley City State University and worked at the Barnes County Auditorâ€™s office as deputy auditor for nine years. In 2002, Didier ran for the office of auditor but was unsuccessful. This will be a homecoming for Didier, she said.
â€śIâ€™m excited to be taking on this challenge and I look forward to working for the county,â€ť Didier said.
Her first challenge as auditor is to â€śfind out where we are and find out what we need to move forward,â€ť she said.
Didier was the second choice candidate of a five-person hiring committee appointed by the County Commission. Joe Skyora was the committeeâ€™s first choice, but after interviewing him, the commission chose to also interview Didier. On Monday, commissioner Phil Leitner announced that Skyora had withdrawn his application because he didnâ€™t want to be appointed by a split commission. The commission voted unanimously to appoint Didier.
Leitner, who served on the hiring committee, was surprised the commission didnâ€™t appoint Skyora after the committee recommended him.
â€śI thought everything was on the table,â€ť said Leitner.
But Leitner believes Didier will be a good auditor, he said. Sheâ€™s personable and has unique experience from working in the Barnes County Auditorâ€™s Office in the past, experience that is specific to the county, Leitner said.
â€śIâ€™m very happy we have an auditor,â€ť he said
The office of county auditor is an elected position, but the county was forced to appoint a new auditor when Ed McGough resigned earlier this year because of health problems. The position will be up for election in 2014.