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Hipp returning to office temporarily

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:48 PM

A former Huron County recorder is expected to temporarily take over as Huron County treasurer starting March 1.

Huron County Democratic Chairman Richard Hauser sent a letter to the county commissioners Monday recommending Constance Hipp as "acting treasurer." Current Treasurer Roland Tkach was elected in November to serve as auditor. However, the situation is complicated because auditor John Elmlinger is retiring Feb. 28 because of Ohio Public Employees Retirement System rules even though Tkach's term does not officially begin until March 12, Hauser said.

So, the commissioners must temporarily appoint Tkach auditor prior to the beginning of his elected term, then select someone to take over as interim treasurer. The commissioners are expected to appoint Tkach and Hipp to the respective positions Tuesday, said commissioner Mike Adelman.

"There's no reason I can think of the board would not approve her," he said.

After an interim treasurer is appointed by the commissioners, the Huron County Democrat Central Committee must appoint someone to fill the rest of Tkach's original term, set to expire at the end of 2008. A meeting has been tentatively scheduled for March 14.

Hipp, however, has no interest in the permanent position, Hauser said. So far two people have applied, but Hauser declined to release those names this morning. He expects more candidates to come forward prior to the central committee meeting.

Even though Hipp does not want the position long-term, Hauser said her presence would help make for a smooth change over because, as county recorder from 1987 to 1995, she has worked well with Tkach and Elmlinger before.

"What I'm wanting is a seamless transition," Hauser said. "What I need are people who work well together. Constance Hipp, John Elmlinger and Roland Tkach go back a long time together ... The last thing any of us want is to have people who won't work together."

A pot luck retirement lunch was planned for Elmlinger this afternoon at the Huron County Administration building, 180 Milan Ave.

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