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Heard settling in new post of Murray County Coordinator

submitted photol Aurora Heard, a 1997 graduate of Murray County Central High School, sits in her office in Slayton. Heard is now serving the county in which she grew up as its county coordinator.

SLAYTON -- For Aurora Heard, stepping into the new Murray County Coordinator position is like coming home.

A 1997 graduate of Murray County Central High School, Heard attended Southwest State University -- now Southwest Minnesota State University -- where she studied political science and public administration. From there, she went on to receive a master's degree in public administration.

Heard has spent five years working in Lyon County, most recently as HR Director, but is now pleased to be back in Murray County.

"It is such a great place to be," she said. "Everyone here has been wonderful. They are a great group of employees."

Acclimating to a new organization has taken a little bit of time, but Heard said the output and goals are the same.

"It is just a matter of new policies and procedures," she explained. "There are still the same state and federal laws."

Heard has been in the position of coordinator since April 30 -- the first to fill a newly created position that will handle the human resources function, along with the county safety program and clerking for the county commissioner board. In the past, the Murray County auditor/treasurer has handled the clerking duties for the commissioners. That office will still handle the hospital board and extension office, but commissioner agendas, meetings and minutes will now be handled by Heard.

Depending on the make-up of any given county, coordinators, administrators or clerks can do some of the same tasks. There are 46 county administrators in Minnesota, and 17 coordinators.

Heard and her husband are looking into relocating to the Slayton area. She still has quite a few family members in the area, including grandparents in Lismore and Fulda.

"I am so glad to be here," she explained. "Murray County is home."

Daily Globe Reporter Justine Wettschreck can be reached at 376-7322.