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Grundy County interim administrator evaulated at recent meeting

Committe member: Miller is 'doing a great job'

Published: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

MORRIS – The Grundy County Personnel Committee is pleased with the work of Interim Administrator Heidi Miller.

“We feel she’s doing a great job,” said Vicki Geiger, chairwoman of the personnel committee, Friday. “She’s implemented some new systems that are working really great for the county.”

Miller was evaluated by the committee during Thursday’s meeting.

Geiger said Miller has developed faster, more efficient ways to process paperwork, which has been helpful for all of the county workers.

“I think the biggest change we’ve noticed is that we have incredible communication,” Geiger said. “She always updates us as to what is going on, even in departments we aren’t working with that closely.”

Miller could not be reached before press time Friday.

Currently, Miller is both the interim administrator and land use director for Grundy County. She stepped into the administrator position in October of last year after ChrisWittkamp left the position suddenly in September. Wittkamp had been administrator for five months.

The county’s last full-time administrator was Shawn Hamilton, who left the position for a better opportunity with the city of Park Ridge in July 2012. Before Hamilton, Dan Duffy held the position for several years until he left to become the village of Minooka’s village administrator.

Miller will continue to be the administrator until March 31 when she and county will decide whether to make her position as administrator permanent.

“The way it was set up by Heidi is she has until March to make her decision if she wants to keep the job or go back to being land use director,” said Grundy County Board Chairman Ron Severson on Friday.

He added that the county has to decide whether to offer her the position, but anticipates that won’t be an issue since everyone is pleased with her work so far.

“I’ve always known Heidi could do this job, and I’ve always supported her,” Severson said. “I think she is doing an absolutely excellent job.”

Miller also was interim administrator along with Administrative Assistant Sandy Pommier for three months after Duffy left.

Severson said the board has not discussed how they would fill the position of land use director if Miller becomes administrator.

“There is a chance Heidi would want to stay the director of land use,” Severson said. “We won’t think about filling her position until anything is final.”

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