COLLIN SPILINEK Fremont Tribune
After nearly 50 years with Dodge County, Elections Secretary and Commissioner Fred Mytty announced he will not be running for re-election this year.
“The time has come,” he said. “This is my 48th year here, and it’s time for me to just have time to myself and do some other things.”
Mytty gave notice one day before the February 15 deadline for incumbents to apply for the position. Those who did not participate have until Tuesday, March 1, to apply.
First elected in 1974 at the age of 23, Mytty took office the following January. In November 2018, he was elected for his 12th and final term.
Having spent so many years in this role, Mytty said he recalls a time when the county used an automatic posting machine before upgrading to a puncher.
“Then we switched to tape machines, now we’re using PC based servers,” he said. “So it’s just an evolution of what’s happened across the country regarding the computerization of stuff.”
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In addition to working with county ballots for elections, Mytty has also worked with the Dodge County Board of Supervisors.
“I like the county boards we’ve had over the years, there are some good people who have served,” he said. “The hosts are always really nice.”
Although he said he was “relatively healthy,” Mytty said he made the decision without much thought and thanked his deputy, Micki Gilfry, and the staff. the rest of him.
“I look forward to having a good time in retirement,” he said.
With the next person taking on the role of county clerk, Mytty said it will have to help the county guide payments on bank loans from the spring 2019 floods, overseeing the use of Rescue Plan Act funds. for the United States and ensure fair and accurate elections.
“I will support them and anything they need, such as background information about the content,” he said. “I’m happy to help.”
County Board of Directors Chairman Bob Missel said he has a “huge” respect for Mytty and said he is an invaluable asset to the county.
“It was an honor to work with him,” he said. “The county lost a lot of knowledge after Fred Mytty retired, that’s for sure.”