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Riley Dirksen

Riley Dirksen (left) is sworn in as Cerro Gordo County auditor on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

MASON CITY – Riley Dirksen resigned as Cerro Gordo County auditor Thursday, four months after taking office. He said the resignation is effective immediately.

Dirksen owns a video game business that occupies much of his time, he told The Globe Gazette Thursday.

“When Ken Kline approached me about running, I hesitated because of the amount of time my video game business is taking,” said Dirksen.

“I thought I would try. But working 8 to 5 at the courthouse and then trying to do my other work got to be too much. I couldn’t give my full effort. I didn’t think it was fair to the citizens of the county to continue. It’s not like me to just collect the checks and not be able to give it my best,” he said.

It will be up to the Board of Supervisors as to how to fill the vacancy. There is still time to have the open position on the ballot in November, said Dirksen.

County Treasurer Pat Wright will serve as interim auditor, just as she did in the interval between Kline’s resignation and Dirksen’s election.

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John Skipper retired from the Globe Gazette in February 2018 after 52 years in newspapers, most of that in Mason City covering North Iowa government and politics.

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