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Griggs Co. Commission Considers Firing Asst. States Attorney

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  There's a new controversy surrounding the newly elected Griggs County Commission in Cooperstown. Today, it moved ahead with action that could lead to the firing of Assistant States Attorney, Marina Spahr.

  The old Commission was thrown out of office earlier this month, after it went ahead with plans for a new courthouse, despite voters saying no.

  Construction of the new Griggs County Courthouse is moving forward. But now, the new County Commission is considering firing Assistant States Attorney, Marina Spahr.

  It appears that's because Spahr was on the job, when the old Commission approved building this new courthouse. New Commissioners say at that time, Spahr did not answer their questions about the project.  And all these new Commissioners were against the project.

  John Wakefield, Griggs Co. Commissioner: "I think this has developed to a point where there can't be a working relationship and there needs to be a working relationship. Again, this is nothing against here qualifications."

Marina Spahr, Asst. States Attorney: "I've already had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Wakefield and Mr. Dahl. When they walked into my office I indicated to them immediately, they were always welcome. I would always welcome their questions and I would be willing to work with them. I stand by that."

  Several letters complimenting Spahr's job performance were submitted to the Commission and several friends and county officials spoke on her behalf.

Robert Hook, Sheriff Griggs County: "I respectfully ask that you weigh your decision on actual professionalism, job performance and talent."

However, the new Commission moved forward with action that could lead to Spahr's dismissal.

  Spahr position is paid via a contract with a neighboring county. The Commission moved ahead with plans to review that contract and consider dissolving it, along with Spahr's job.  The Griggs County Commission is expected to decide the issue at their next meeting in November.

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