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Positive review for Kandiyohi County Administrator

WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County Administrator Larry Kleindl was praised Tuesday for his leadership, communication and other on-the-job skills, as well as for being a “visionary” who is passionate about his job.

During a summary of Kleindl’s annual job review at the County Board meeting, Kandiyohi County Board Chairman Harlan Madsen said Kleindl has exceeded all aspects of the job description.

Madsen said Kleindl “looks at the big picture” of how actions affect the county and consistently represents the county in a positive manner.

“As a board we appreciate the relationships you’re building in the county,” said Madsen.

Kleindl said his job is made easier because the board provides the “tools and resources” that allows the county to move forward.

He also said he is part of a team of county department heads, supervisors and employees.

“It’s a team effort,” said Kleindl, adding that that the team starts at the top with a “good board” to provide direction and resources.

The only concern Madsen had was that Kleindl is not taking enough time off the job to be “rejuvenated.”

In the final comments as his tenure as chairman of the board, Madsen said the county has made large and positive steps to realign and redesign its operations, relocate staff, reinvest in technology and resources and recreate workflow that will create efficiencies for 2014 “and the next 50 years and beyond.”

Madsen said work the county has undertaken in the last couple years reinforces the goal of “one county — one vision.”

He said the efforts have been challenging but will put the county in a “prominent role” in the future.

In other action Tuesday:

- The board gave final approval to the 2014 budget of $58.9 million and a net levy of $29 million, which is an increase of 1.17 percent over this year. The action follows a budgeting process that began in June, numerous meetings and a truth-in-taxation hearing earlier this month.

- Contracts for law enforcement service between the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office and the cities of New London, Pennock, Raymond and Spicer were approved at a rate of $37.85 an hour.

- The board approved the wellhead protection plan for the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District, which will be implemented over the next decade.

- The board was informed the Minnesota Department of Corrections will increase the maximum contract for boarding prisoners at the county jail from $50,000 a year to $75,000.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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