Sioux County discusses treasurer vacancy

The Sioux County Board of Supervisors discuss the process of appointing an individual to the position of Sioux County Treasurer to serve until someone is elected to the spot during the November elections.

ORANGE CITYThe Sioux County Board of Supervisors discussed during its Tuesday, May 13, meeting how to go about filling the seat of Sioux County Treasurer following the death of Randy Jacobsma.

Jacobsma had served as the Sioux County treasurer since 2008. He died April 25 at the age of 55.

As discussed during the board’s April 28 meeting, Sioux County attorney Tom Kunstle said in the event of a vacancy of a public official, the county must either make an appointment within 40 days of the vacancy or begin organizing a special election.

The earliest date for a special election would by July 7. It would cost $20,000-$25,000 to hold one, Sioux County auditor Ryan Dokter said.

The county supervisors preferred to appoint an individual to serve until one could be elected during the November election.

So, to fill the vacancy, the county has put out word it is seeking applications for the position.

The county will accept applications to be considered for the treasurer position until Friday, May 15, with interviews of the top four applicants to be conducted on May 19.

As of the Tuesday meeting, the county had received two applications.

The person appointed would serve until the Nov. 3 general election.

While it is possible that the county’s chosen appointee could be selected as the nominee for one of the political parties for the spot, it’s not guaranteed.

According to Kunstle, whoever would run for the position as part of the November election would “use the political party convention certificate process to be placed on the Nov. 3 general election ballot. The convention certificate is to be filed with the county auditor by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26.”

That election would be to serve the remaining two years of Jacobsma’s term until 2022. After that, it’d return to the normal four-year cycle.