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River Falls man recommended to be county coordinator

The Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee turned to one of its own in selecting the county's next administrative coordinator.

In a surprise, the committee a week ago Monday nominated Rod Rommel, who serves on that committee, for the position.

The full County Board will act on the request at a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29.

"I look at this as the one last great challenge in my life," the 61-year-old, who has served on the County Board since April, said.

Paul Barkla, County Board chairman, said, "We are very lucky. Rod is a fine human being who has been a thoughtful member of the County Board. I think he'll do a great job."

Rommel, of River Falls, spent 30 years as an agricultural banker before retiring in 2001. The last 16 of those were as CEO of Farm Credit Services of Northwest Wisconsin.

Since 2002, Rommel has spent his time civic volunteering and in county government. He spent four previous years on the County Board from 2002-2006.

"Pierce County has a real good staff, whose longevity and dedication to the county has been outstanding," he said. "I don't think a lot of supervision is going to be needed."

Rommel explained he became interested in applying after the county went through the first round of applicants and found no suitable candidates. The job description then changed to part-time, which Rommel called the "ideal situation."

"I'm excited to be embarking on this adventure," he said, noting he expects to be working a minimum of 60% or whatever it takes.

"Paul and I have an excellent working relationship," he continued. "And I expect a smooth transition."

Barkla has been the interim administrative coordinator since Curt Kephart resigned in 2008.

Rommel represents District 7, which includes the city of River Falls.

If he gets the full board approval, which is expected, he will likely start after the New Year.

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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