BURLEY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — UPDATE 03/12: Cassia County commissioner chairman Bob Kunau says the dissolution of the administrative office is getting more "excitement than it really merited."
Thursday night, the commissioners announced they were dissolving the county's administrative office.
Kunau said the reason they're doing this is because they want to put more emphasis on elected officials, rather than having an un-elected official "perceived as being in charge."
Current administrator Kerry McMurrary will serve as the county's deputy prosecuting attorney and Kunau said they will use his talents "in other avenues."
"He will be more valuable, we feel, and he will be doing other functions. He will also be working with the other commissioners making these things happened that, I guess you can say, more or less for granted. We will now be more actively doing that," he said.
Kunau said those departments under the administration will only be changing their titles.
"No change in the day-to-day operations," he said.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Cassia County commissioners announced late Thursday night they are dissolving the county’s administrative office.
The dissolution takes effect June 1. According to a news release, administrator Kerry McMurray will serve the county as deputy prosecuting attorney and all other employees will be transferred to other departments on or before June 1.
“We feel it is imperative that elected officials are the administrative body of the county,” the news release said as the reason for the decision.
According to the county website, the administrator aids the board of commissioners fulfill duties and some of the duties include:
County Risk Management
County Planning & Zoning / Zoning Administrator
County Buildings and Grounds
County Building Department
County Mapping Department
A mission statement for the office on the website reads, "Provide effective government services with available resources while emphasizing the rights and welfare of the citizens and employees of Cassia County."
KMVT will updates this story as more information become available.