By Jessie Wagoner
McPherson County Attorney Gregory Benefiel submitted his resignation on Feb. 14. His last day in the McPherson County Attorney’s Office will be March 12.
“I submitted my letter of resignation to the governor yesterday, effective March 12,” Benefiel said. My resignation goes to the governor’s office, which then notifies the chair of the McPherson County Republican Committee.”
Cheryl Stieben, McPherson County Republican Chair, says the party is moving quickly to fill the position. Since Benefiel is an elected official, the chair must call a convention within 21 days.
“At which the Republican Committeemen and Committeewomen will elect a successor,” Benefiel said. “The chair of the convention, which does not have to be the chair of the county party, but usually is, then executes a form that goes back to the governor’s office. The governor then has seven days after receipt to appoint the replacement. The new county attorney then receives the appointment from the governor and additional paperwork from the secretary of state’s office.
Stieben says the convention will be held at 7 p.m., March 3. Sign in for precinct persons will be at 6:30 pm. It will be held at the McPherson County Bldg., 122 W Marlin (previous Bank IV bldg.).
“This is open the public,” Stieben said. “Only the precinct people will vote, but people should come and see the process. It is interesting and it doesn’t occur very often.”
The scheduling of the convention fits with Benefiel’s desire, meaning an interim county attorney will not have to be appointed.
“I chose four weeks in hopes that there will not need to be an interim county attorney appointed by the judges,” Benefiel said.”