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County board delays naming administrator

County Board Chairman Ron Anderson said Friday former St. Croix County Administrative Coordinator John Krizek is no longer in the running for a similar job in Pierce County.

While Krizek - who had been the lead applicant - and a reporter waited outside the room, the Pierce County Board met in closed session for over an hour Thursday night and then immediately adjourned.

Anderson said no action was taken at that meeting and the matter will go back to the Finance and Personnel Committee.

A week earlier, the committee recommended Krizek, former administrative coordinator for both St. Croix and Dunn counties, be hired to fill the position vacant since Mark Schroeder resigned last November.

Anderson said the Finance and Personnel Committee will proceed to the next applicant in its ranking. Committee members are expected to consider recommending another candidate when they meet this week.

These are the six remaining finalists: Klarice A. Bachman, James W. Butts, Curt B. Kephart, Darcy D. Long, John G. Mulder and Frank R. Pascarella.

Krizek, 58, was St. Croix's administrative coordinator for 10 years before he resigned abruptly Sept. 16, 1999.

According to a Hudson Star-Observer account in 1999, he resigned after allegations of misuse of his computer. The St. Croix County Board chairman wouldn't say what led to the resignation, but said Krizek's work had been "excellent."

Earlier last week, Krizek declined to disclose his reasons for leaving the St. Croix job, but said he had been forthright in explaining events to Pierce County Board members.

Krizek is currently a production supervisor at the Andersen Windows plant in Menomonie.

He was St. Croix County's first administrative coordinator. He also worked as administrative coordinator in Dunn County for 12 years and was Chippewa County's personnel director for one year.