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Auditor/Treasurer's civil suit against Stevens County dismissed

MORRIS, Minn. – A civil suit against Stevens County filed by Stevens County Auditor/Treasurer Neil Wiese has been withdrawn.

Under an order signed by Judge David Mennis of Swift County on July 3, the case was dismissed with prejudice, which means it cannot be brought back to court.

Both parties will be responsible for paying their own attorney’s fees.

At a board meeting on July 2, County Coordinator Brian Giese said the county has paid about $2,500 in attorney’s fees for the case to date.

In the suit, Wiese contended that that the Stevens County Board of Commissioners set his 2012 salary and the 2012 budget for his office in an “arbitrary, capricious, oppressive” manner with “unreasonable disregard” for Wiese's performance and the responsibilities and duties of his office.

If Wiese had prevailed in the case, the board could have been ordered to reconsider the salary and budget allocation.