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Committee approves personnel changes

Multiple Pierce County departments brought forth personnel changes for approval to the Finance and Personnel committee during its July 7 meeting.

While most departments were asking for additional staffing, one department which wasn’t was Land Management.

Director Andy Pichotta explained the decision was made to eliminate the Surveyor Tech position, which was most recently filled by Barry Hove. Pichotta explained with the recent technological advances, most survey crews can be done with one person, which is Surveyor Louie Filkins. In the case, a second person is needed, Pichotta explained, the GIS Specialist will assist Filkins.

In addition, the department will be looking to fill two vacancies in the next few weeks. Rand Kluegel retired earlier this month as the GIS Specialist. Pichotta says they hope to have his replacement named in the next two to three weeks. Furthermore, it was announced Jim Kleinhans’ last day as Zoning Administrator will be July 25 as he is retiring after 20 years. Pichotta added Kleinhans’ replacement will hopefully be named by the end of August.

Pichotta also explained the clerical staff was reorganized. Previously, there was a planning secretary and two zoning secretaries. Now, Shari Hartung, who was a zoning secretary, will be the Office Manager. The department had a vacancy since the beginning of the year for a planning secretary, which will now be classified as an office specialist. Tracie Wold, who worked in Dunn County, was named to the position and she will start July 21. Wold and part-timer Tricia McGrath will report to Hartung, who then reports to Pichotta. 

For more please read the July 16 print version of the Herald. 

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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