A township official did, or did not, resign her position during a disagreement about how the township’s business would be conducted, but Monday the Barton County Commission accepted her resignation, as presented to it by the rest of the township government.
At issue was the resignation of Liberty Township Treasurer Carolyn Crone.
During the discussions Monday in the commission meeting — they actually came in two parts, one during the item’s discussion and the rest under other business — it was divulged that there had been a disagreement between the rest of the township board members and Crone when the township board determined that it would have a local accounting firm work on the township’s books and that Crone’s compensation for that work would go to the accounting firm.
The board approved using Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball for accounting assistance and Crone was opposed to that, Trustee Kevin Rose told the commissioners. “She told us at that time that if we did that, she would resign.”
Crone said she had simply had her fill of that particular meeting, not of position as the township treasurer. “I didn’t resign my position,” she told the commissioners. She said she objected to her treasurer duties being taken away and she said she “might as well resign,” and later she left the meeting. “I said “That’s it. I’m done.’ and I left.” But she didn’t mean she was leaving her position.
County Administrator Richard Boeckman who was in attendance at the meeting in question said Crone did state she resigned and he added that under county regulations, no particular form is required for a public official to resign.
They can state they resign, the rest of the governing body can vote to accept that resignation and the issue is settled the administrator explained.