MASON CITY, Iowa- MASON CITY, Iowa – After winning a special election in April, Cerro Gordo County Auditor Riley Dirksen has resigned.
Dirksen handed his resignation in Thursday morning saying he wants to give full attention to his other career as a video game developer.
Dirksen released his first computer game “Graveball” two weeks ago. He said he was able to develop the game part time while fulfilling his duties as county auditor. He said he thought he would have more time to work as auditor once the game was released, but he was wrong.
“It was the opposite of what I thought,” he said. “This is all new to me. I didn’t know what to expect.”
Dirksen said he had been thinking about this decision for the last couple of days and said it just wouldn’t be fair to the tax payers to continue.
“Honestly, I thought I would be able to do it, and it simply became too much,” Dirksen said. “I don’t think it would be fair to the tax payers to not be able to put 100% of my effort in to the position.”
The county board of supervisors will now have to decide if they want to put the position on the November ballot, or appoint a new county auditor. Pat Wright, the Cerro Gordo County Treasurer will take on the role as auditor for the time being.
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