McGough to Step Down as Auditor Due to Ongoing Infection Battle


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CITY, N.D. ( After battling an infection for months Barnes County Auditor Ed McGough has decided to step down from his elected office. He served for 26 years.

McGough tells KOVC radio news after making a nice recovery earlier this year his illness has come back and he needs to focus on getting better.

McGough has been the Barnes County Auditor since 1986, his final day is August 8. McGough says he’ll help the county during the interim period while the board of commissioners work on selecting a replacement to fill out his remaining term through 2014. McGough says he’s been battling a blood infection related to kidney stones.

Ed McGough letter to Barnes County residents:  I am writing this note first of all to thank everyone for all of your prayers and support while I was in the hospital for most of 2011.  There were times while I was in the hospital that were awful grim.  I felt the strength of your prayers and it gave me the strength to fight.  I was very excited to get back to work in January of this year for all of you and also for myself.  But after 7 months, I am just not getting back to my old self.  My health is just not where it needs to be to get the job done as it needs to be done.  You elected me in 1986 and through your support, this is my 26th year as Barnes County Auditor.   I love my job as Auditor and serving the good people of Barnes County and working with the great staff that I have had through the years.  I respect the hard work that the county employees do and the tough decisions that the County Commission has to make on your behalf.  I will miss the job and people very much but I will still be around.  I have notified the County Commission of my decision and they will be appointing someone to fill the vacancy.  God bless you all and thanks for the memories.

Edward R McGough

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  1. Hello Ed, Take a break buddy. You deserve it. We’ll be talking. John