By Beth Bily
At last week’s meeting of the Itasca County Board, commissioners appointed Irene Koski as interim county administrator as well as approving an employment agreement for the short-term position.
Under terms of the agreement, Koski will be paid a pro-rated salary of $135,200 or $65 per hour. She also would be entitled to 14 paid time off holidays and would earn vacation time at a rate of 7.693 hours per pay period. Sick leave will accrue at the rate of 3.693 hours per pay period.
Director of Human Resources Lynn Hart told commissioners that the agreement is based on full-time or 40/hour per week of work.
“When we had our discussion last week about it, it (the compensation) was slightly above market rate,” said Commissioner Terry Snyder. He noted, however, that Koski would not be enrolled in PERA (retirement benefits) or taking county health benefits, which made the overall level of compensation below that of the former administrator.
Koski will serve as the county’s interim administrator, effective May 2, until long-term decisions about county administration have been made. In past meetings, commissioners have mulled a return to the previous utilized system of a county coordinator.
The county has operated with an administrator in place since 2011. That position was vacated on April 15 when the board terminated the employment agreement with former administrator Trish Harren.
In other business, the board:
• Approved commissioner warrants in the amount of $626,594.49.
• Scheduled quarterly budget reviews on the first Tuesday of May 2016, August 2016, November 2016 and February 2017.
• Approved health and human services warrants in the amount of $1,429,910.84.
• Listened to an HHS update from Director Eric Villeneuve, who discussed the recent community child care forum.
• Approved IMCare’s quality improvement program description, 2015 program evaluation and 2016 work plan.
• Passed a resolution designating CSAH 48 as the PFC Eugene W. Antilla Memorial By-Way.
• Approved the park management agreement between the county and the agricultural association for 2016 services in the amount of $66,000.
• Authorized application for a crime services grant to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
• Conducted a closed session.