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Pierce County hires administrative coordinator

Pierce County's search is finally over.

Tuesday night, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved JoAnn Miller as its new administrative coordinator.

"She's a strong leader with over 25 years experience in municipal government," said Supervisor Rod Rommel, in nominating her. "She has strong oral and written communications skills, is a supporter of economic development and wants to be our administrative coordinator."

The board took less than five minutes to discuss the selection in closed session before making it official.

Miller, in a brief introduction, stressed teamwork as one of her big goals. She also would like to see departments work together as much as possible.

She officially starts Dec. 5 at an annual salary of $105,000 with benefits similar to non-union employees. In addition, she will be provided with up to $2,500 in moving expenses, accrual of PTO at the rate of 14 years with an advance of 30 days for use within one year from date of hire.

Rommel said the county received 60 applicantion for the position and narrowed it down to 10 semifinalists before interviewing Miller, Tony Chladek and Randy Eide Oct. 6. The three were interviewed by various department heads before being interviewed by the Finance and Personnel Committee.

Miller comes from DeForest, where she was village administrator from 2003-09. Prior to that, she spent six years as city administrator in Perry and Jefferson, Iowa. She also spent 11 years as a director of membership services for the Iowa League of Cities.

Pierce County has been without a fulltime administrative coordinator since 2008 when Curt Kephart resigned. County Board Chairman Paul Barkla has been acting as an interim since.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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