Michelle May has been selected by the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners to serve as the county’s interim auditor/treasurer. May is currently the finance director for Yellow Medicine County.

May will begin her duties on Jan. 2 by working alongside current auditor/treasurer Jon Clauson. Clauson recently announced his intention to retire at the end of Feb. 2018, and May will serve out the rest of his term which was set to expire at the end of 2018. Clauson has spent the last 43 years as an employee of Chippewa County.

Coming up in February, Chippewa County will be holding a special mail ballot election in order to request a change in the way the offices of county auditor/treasurer and county recorder are chosen. Currently, both positions are elected, but the county is requesting that they become appointed positions to ensure that highly qualified candidates with the necessary and appropriate skills apply and are selected.

The county began taking applications for the interim position in early Dec. Eleven prospective candidates applied and interviews were held, and May was chosen.

In addition to being Yellow Medicine County’s finance director for the past six years, May brings considerable business experience to the position. She has worked for Schwan’s in Marshall, and at KMPG in the Twin Cities.

She is also a certified public accountant, and earned a masters degree in business administration from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. She also earned a bachelor of science degree in Accounting and Finance from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

May and her husband are residents of Chippewa County, and she is looking forward to working with Clauson to “learn the ropes” of the position.