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Grundy County opts to seek part-time administrator

Will re-post modified position, contact prior candidates to gauge interest

Published: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 5:00 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 8:18 a.m. CST

Grundy County has decided to look for a part-time county administrator.

During a special Grundy County Board Personnel Committee meeting Tuesday, the committee approved posting a job opening for a part-time administrator, said Chairwoman Vicki Geiger Wednesday. The job will be posted next week.

Geiger said when the full-time position was posted last fall, the county had good applicants, but that process began before the new board members were seated. Now that the new members are comfortable in their positions, it is time to start again.

In the absence of an administrator, current county employees have stepped up to fill those duties and the committee now feels the position can be part-time, at least initially, with those other employees taking on responsibilities, said Geiger.

Grundy County Board Chairman Ron Severson and board secretary Sandy Pommier have taken over responsibilities that used to be the county administrator's.

With the position going part-time, the job description will have some changes.

"It's only fair to re-post it as part-time, even if we still consider the (previous) applicants," said Geiger.

The county had three favorite candidates in the fall, and the field was since narrowed down to two. The Personnel Committee will reconnect with those two candidates to see if they are still interested in the job as a part-time position. Geiger said she wants the new members to have an opportunity to talk with all the candidates.

"I hope we can fill it in the next month, but I don't want to feel pressured by a time frame and make a poor decision," she said.

Severson said Wednesday the new job description would be more of a Chief Financial Officer position than a manager position. He said the county wants the new employee to be proficient with budgets rather than managing departments and employees.

"We're just going to rework the whole system. We're looking at making Sandy more of an Administrative Assistant giving her more duties," he said.

Severson continued that making the position part-time will save the county money in both salary and benefits.

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