County continues discussion on hiring an administrator

The county may be looking for an administrator sometime in the months ahead.  On April 30, the county board met to discuss the possibility and agreed to move forward on formulating how that job might look. 
Commissioners Bruce Martinson and Sue Hakes said they have heard positive comments from constituents in regard to hiring an administrator.  Commissioner Hakes said she had heard from people both in support of and against the position in the past, but recently, people have been expressing only support.  “I haven’t heard anybody who says they don’t want one,” she said.  “Not one.”
They need to consider the position in the context of the size of this community, Commissioner Garry Gamble said, but they also need to consider “what’s on our plate” as a county.  He said he thinks the board needs an administrator so they “could focus on the bigger picture.”
The board discussed a desire to gather input from the public on whether an administrator should be hired.  Commissioner Martinson suggested that they create a job description that could be presented to the public and then revised before advertising for the position.  Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk suggested presenting two options for the public to consider.
The question of hiring an administrator came up when Personnel Director/Board Secretary Janet Simonen announced earlier this year that she would be retiring in August. 
By a vote of 3-0, with Commissioner Hall absent and Commissioner Hakes unable to vote because she was in attendance only by speakerphone, the board passed a motion to pursue the possibility of hiring an administrator by developing a draft job description and seeking input from the public.  They passed another motion to request prices from personnel search firms that could help the county find candidates.
Commissioners Martinson and Gamble agreed to attend an upcoming department head meeting and expressed willingness to help develop a job description.