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Van Hove takes helm as Nobles County's auditor-treasurer

JULIE BUNTJER/DAILY GLOBE Beth Van Hove begins her new duties today as Nobles County Auditor-Treasurer. Her office is in the Nobles County Government Center.

WORTHINGTON — After a two-month vacancy, the office of Nobles County Auditor-Treasurer is now occupied.

Beth Van Hove begins her new duties today after being appointed last week by the Nobles County Board of Commissioners. She will fill the remainder of retired Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Balster’s term through 2014, and will campaign to keep the seat when the position appears on the ballot in the 2014 general election.

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“I look at this as an opportunity to get to know the job,” said Van Hove. “Hopefully I can offer the county the skills that are going to be necessary to be able to do the job.”

Van Hove and her husband, Dan, have resided in Worthington since 1986. A native of Spencer, Iowa, she has a degree in business economics from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.

For nearly 27 years, she worked for Oxford Veterinary Laboratories (now Merck), with a majority of those years spent in human resources. When her job was eliminated in July, Van Hove said it was “God’s timing” that the auditor-treasurer position became available.

“I truly believe there was a reason for what happened,” she said. “I just started applying for anything I thought I was capable of taking on and ... based on my education and work history, I thought I could take that challenge.”

Prior to her first official day on the job today, Van Hove said she met with staff in the auditor-treasurer's office and has already set aside time this week to attend training.

While Van Hove said much of her experience is in human resources, she is eager to learn and said she has skills she can “bring to the table.”

“I think the people skills that I have are going to be what carry me through — the ability to get along with people, communicate and earn the trust of my employees,” she said. “I’m going to learn a lot of things real fast.”

Van Hove said she has experience in budgeting and looks forward to getting the hands-on training from her staff and others.

“I know I fill big shoes — Sharon had been there for a long time,” she said. “At some point in time, I hope I’m able to do all of the things that she did. That’s going to be a steep learning curve.”

Van Hove’s husband is the Hy-Vee fuel station manager. They have two children, daughter Leigh (Scott) Simpson, and son Tyler, a sophomore at Worthington High School.

Outside of work, Van Hove enjoys flower gardening, is active in her church, serves on the YMCA board of directors and is a member of the alumni board for Northwestern College. She also enjoys spending time with her family and travelling.

“I told my family and some of my friends I feel like a college graduate — anxious to get started, not really knowing what I’m getting into, but very anxious to learn and take on a new challenge,” Van Hove said.

Daily Globe Reporter Julie Buntjer may be reached at 376-7330.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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