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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

The Pierce County Finance and Personnel committee turned to one of its own in selecting the county's next Administrative Coordinator.

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In a surprise, the F&P committee Monday nominated Rod Rommel, who serves on that committee for the position. The full County Board will act on the request in a special County Board meeting 7 p.m., 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.

Said Paul Barkla, County Board Chairman: "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 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, as he expects to be working a minimum 60 percent 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.

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