Posted on: February 9, 2018

County Attorney Retires

David Hauser Retires
County Attorney, David Hauser, Retires After 20 Years of Public Service

Fergus Falls, MN -February 7thth  The longest serving County Attorney in the history of Otter Tail County has retired. Mr. David Hauser worked in the County Attorney’s Office for thirty-eight years. Over the past twenty years, as County Attorney, he has served as the legal advisor for the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners, county officials and county departments. Larry Krohn, former County Administrator, worked with Mr. Hauser, as County Attorney, for 20 years. “In addition to being a strong advocate for criminal justice, Mr. Hauser and his assistants have had broad exposure to all aspects of county government including personnel, finance, construction, gaming, etc. Otter Tail County has benefitted from the stability, experience and expertise provided by Mr. Hauser.”

In his elected role, Mr. Hauser advised on a wide array of legal issues and public policy. He aided victims and witnesses, oversaw diversion programs and represented petitions to protect neglected or abused children. He prosecuted crimes and negotiated contracts. He strongly believed his team were ‘administrators of justice’ and he tirelessly worked to model this value.

“It has been an honor to serve Otter Tail County and I am proud of my work,” Mr. Hauser stated as he accepted his recognition plaque at the County Board Meeting. The County Commissioners recognized the many years of professional service, legal guidance and advice provided by Mr. Hauser. In a resolution recognizing David Hauser’s work, Wayne Johnson, Chair of the Board of Commissioners wrote: “Mr. Hauser has defined through his work and dedication the essence of a true Minister of Justice.”

Ms. Michelle Eldien, an attorney with Otter Tail County for twenty years, will serve as County Attorney for the remainder of the term. “We will carry on the reputation of Otter Tail County by being respectful to everyone we work with and continue to maintain public safety,” said Ms. Eldien. “Community involvement is an important role of the attorney’s office and we plan to carry forward the work initiated by David Hauser.”  

A recognition reception was held in the Otter Tail County Courthouse on January 26th. For more information about the services provided by the Otter Tail County Attorney’s Office please visit: http://www.co.ottertail.mn.us/145/Attorney

Otter Tail County Attorney’s Office
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