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After two years vacant, Pierce administrator to be hired

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Nearly two years after the former administrative coordinator resigned, Pierce County is looking to hire a new one.

At the recommendation of a study committee, the county will begin advertising for a fulltime administrative coordinator to replace Curt Kephart, who resigned in May 2008. The county board has agreed to keep the salary negotiable.

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"If we have an AC, we have to get along with the AC, and we have to give the AC our backing," said Supervisor Jeff Holst, who served on a subcommittee asked to review the administrative coordinator position after Kephart left.

When Kephart resigned, some county board members questioned the administrative coordinator's role and wondered if the coordinator should be given more authority. But the subcommittee is recommending no change in duties or power.

Kephart was the county's third fulltime administrative coordinator. After his predecessor, Mark Schroeder, resigned, the county board rewrote the job description to make the position more of a coordinator than an executive.

Since Kephart left, County Board Chairman Paul Barkla has filled in, ostensibly to work part-time. Barkla has been paid $1,000 a month beyond his stipend as county board chairman. Kephart was making $73,500 a year.

For more please read the March 3 print version of the Herald.

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
(715) 426-1049
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