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La Crosse County could be voting in special election to fill treasurer vacancy



There could be a special election soon for a La Crosse County treasurer.

Incumbent treasurer Shawn Handland, just elected to a new term last fall, has been hired by West Salem’s school district to be its finance director.

Next week, the county board could decide whether to schedule an election to fill the post for the next three years or to appoint a successor.

The next election for treasurer isn’t scheduled until the fall of 2020.

The county was criticized three years ago when a newly-elected board member resigned shortly after election, and the county used an appointment instead of a special election to fill the vacant seat.

That’s when former county clerk Linda Stone retired six years ago – halfway through her elected term. Ginny Dankmeyer was appointed to complete Stone’s term as clerk. She then won the next election in 2014.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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