Hiivala has worked in the Wright County Auditor / Treasurer’s Office since 1995 when he was hired as the Chief Deputy Auditor / Treasurer. He is a resident of Cokato. In June, 2004 he was appointed Wright County Auditor / Treasurer to complete the term of the late Douglas M. Gruber. Hiivala manages the financial and accounting functions of the County. Hiivala oversees a departmental staff of more than 28 employees and is responsible for processing real estate and mobile home tax payments, managing elections and voter registration, land records and line of title records, directing the issuance of motor vehicle licenses, driver licenses, game and fish / DNR licenses, and passports.