I think the Crow Wing County board has made a mistake to get rid of elected offices. The offices now appointed will be the auditor and treasurer.
The auditor handles the elections, and now won't even be elected.
I don't think it matters that they are not "policy makers". The role of these offices is very important to our democracy especially since the auditor handles the voting.
If they want to save money they could turn off the fake bells or save money by using sprinkler system less or by saving energy other ways.