County Auditor

McHenry County Auditor:

Darlene Carpenter

Mailing Address:
407 Main Street South, Room 201
Towner, ND 58788

Phone Numbers: (701) 537-5724
E-mail Address: dcarpenter@nd.gov

About the Position:
The position of County Auditor is an elected position voted upon by the citizens of McHenry County in
the off year, or non-presidential election years. The county auditor is by statute the chief financial officer
of the county, the elections administrator, the property tax administrator and the executive secretary to the
board of county commissioners.

Responsibilities:
As Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the county auditor oversees all fiscal activities of the county. Some of the
activities undertaken as CFO include, administering the purchase of supplies and goods, payment of the bills,
monthly and annual financial reporting, bonding for construction projects and preparation of the annual
county budget.

As Election Administrator, the county auditor administers all state and county elections held in the county.
The auditor trains election workers and prepares, distributes, and tabulates ballots. The auditor is also a member
of the canvassing board and is the filing officer for campaign contribution statements from county elected officials.
The county holds a primary election on the second Tuesday in June in every even-numbered year. In conjunction
with the primary election, the county auditor also administers the city and park district elections for cities within
the county. The county holds a general election on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each
even numbered year.

As Property Tax administrator, the county auditor oversees the maintenance of the property tax system,
computation of mill levies, preparation of property tax bills, distributing taxes collected to various subdivisions
of the county and collection of delinquent taxes.

As Executive Secretary to the board of county commissioners, the county auditor attests to official actions
of the county commission and oversees the preparation of minutes of county commission meetings, park board
meetings and zoning meetings.

Other Duties:
FEMA Coordinator
Risk Manager
Wellness Coordinator
Computer Coordinator
Floodplain Management
Planning Administrator

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