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Liedl announces county recorder bid

Mark Liedl announces his candidacy for Crow Wing County recorder to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of current recorder Kathy Ludenia.

Liedl, who currently serves as county land services director, said if elected, he would ask the county board to transfer land services director duties to the county recorder and eliminate one of the salaries currently being paid for the two positions.

“I am running for county recorder to reduce taxpayer spending and create more coordination between county land-related services,” Liedl said in a news release. “We can reduce property tax levy spending by more than half a million dollars over the next four years by having one position rather than two. And, I’m confident we can reduce taxpayer spending even more, while providing excellent service to our customers.”

Liedl said that under his leadership, Land Services Department spending has been reduced by $3.6 million, or 43 percent, while customer service has improved significantly.

Liedl was appointed land service director in 2007, when the county board combined what had been five separate departments — each with its own department head — into a single department with one director. “Through better management and innovative leadership, land services has cut property tax levy spending by the highest percent of any county department,” Liedl said. “At the same time, our improvements have received state and national awards, and our customer service scores routinely exceed 90 percent.”

Liedl said his efforts to reduce spending have helped the county board achieve unprecedented property tax levy reductions in each of the last four years. “Government at all levels needs to take less from working people’s pockets, and improve the efficiency of its services,” Liedl said. “In land services, we’ve shown how that can be done, but there are many more opportunities to reduce spending and improve service.”

Liedl is an attorney who previously served as an assistant Crow Wing County attorney. He said his management experience and legal acumen make him a great fit for the county recorder position.

“As assistant county attorney, I provided legal services to the recorder’s office, so I am familiar with the operations and the legal foundation for the work the office performs,” he said.

Liedl, 55, lives in Breezy Point with two of his five sons, Henry and Jonathan, along with a foreign exchange student from Brazil. He formerly served on the Pequot Lakes School Board, the Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers Board, and currently serves on the Essentia Health Foundation Board.

He and his son, David, are co-owners of Culver’s restaurant in Baxter.

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