By John Holler
In many ways, the workings of county government mirror a pro-sports franchise; the effective ones have a blend of experienced players that work well as a team.
If Wright County was a sports franchise, it would be suffering. For the third time in two months, a long-time county department head submitted a resignation to the county board, as Auditor-Treasurer Darla Groshens submitted her resignation to the board at its June 2 meeting.
Groshens' decision came on the heels of previous resignation announcements from Parks Administrator Bruce Thielen and County Attorney Wyman Nelson and was an emotional decision on her part.
"I've worked in government almost all my life, so it was a very difficult decision for me to make," Groshens said. "I had gone back and forth on making the decision for the last year or so and felt that if I was going to run for an elected office again, I wanted to be actively involved in doing my job. It came down to either following through on my wish to travel or commit to running for another four years. It was a hard decision, but I chose not to run again."
Groshens came to Wright County in November 1970, and became auditor-treasurer in January 1991, replacing Ozzie Arlien in that post.
Her term will expire at the end of the calendar year, but the impressions she has left on people inside and outside of the county will leave a void once she departs.
"Darla has been a tremendous asset for Wright County," County Board Chair Judie Rose said. "We have always tried to maintain a customer-friendly atmosphere when dealing with the public and Darla has always done that extremely well. And that's not easy when you're collecting taxes from people."
With Groshens' decision not to run, both her position and the county attorney position will be filled during this November's election.