Archive for Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Others offer views to officials on county administrator issue

January 24, 2007

Leavenworth County commissioners weren't the only ones weighing in this week on the idea of creating a county administrator post.

Three county residents spoke at Monday's commission meeting to give their view of the issue.

Bill Mason, a 24-year county resident who now lives south of Lansing, told commissioners he would vote for a county administrator but thought commissioners should reduce their annual $45,999 salary.

"I don't think we need three full-time county commissioners," he said, noting he would favor a change to a five-person county commission so commissioners could better serve their constituents.

Leavenworth resident Al Stevens repeated his long-held view that adding a county administrator was wrong.

He urged that commissioners at least "let the voters have a cut" at any attempt to create an administrator's post.

Louis Klemp, a former commissioner, told commissioners he thought a vote on the issue in April was too early, both for proponents and opponents.

Klemp did, however, offer two suggestions for filling the job.

For a trial basis and as a buffer until a permanent hiring could be made, Klemp suggested the commission hire him.

"I guarantee you, I wouldn't want to be here long," he said.

As for a permanent county administrator, Klemp pointed toward County Counselor David Van Parys.

"There's your administrator right there," he said.

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