Metcalf steps down as county recorderPublished 11:36am Wednesday, June 26, 2013
A new county recorder has been appointed to follow Wendy Metcalf’s resignation which takes affect this weekend. The county board approved the appointment on Tuesday.
Brian Armstrong, director of the land services department and a long time employee of the county, will take over the position. His temporary term will last until elections in the fall of 2014.
Statutes allow a chief deputy or first assistant to fill vacancies. Because there was no one immediately in line to fill the position, the board appointed a temporary replacement.
The land services and recording departments perform similar functions, so the board felt Armstrong would fit the position well, according to county administrator Larry Krohn.
Metcalf has worked in the county recording office for 35 years. She has served as county recorder for 21 years.
Otter Tail County has had six county recorders over the 150 years of its establishment, according to research Metcalf performed several years ago.
Metcalf was also appointed to the position after a vacancy. She has never been challeged for her position, and said she conisders herself lucky to have never had to campaign in an election year.
Metcalf stated she decided to retire in order to spend time with her husband, who is also recently retired from his career.