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Government redesign topic of Willmar, Minn.,forum

WILLMAR -- Redesigning state and local government, and how services are delivered, is the topic of a forum at noon Thursday in Willmar.

Jim Mulder, the former head of the Minnesota Association of Counties who is currently working on his Doctoral dissertation that focuses on professional and elected official's leadership in achieving redesign agendas, will speak on "Government Service Delivery: Redesign and reform." Mulder maintains the current government structure is unsustainable, in part, because it was created on a geographic basis that sets borders that can limit efficient operations.

A Renville County native, Mulder has the experience and a "passion" for promoting efforts to reorganize government structure, according to Ken Warner, president of the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring the presentation.

Kandiyohi County Administrator Larry Kleindl will also provide information about a study that's underway to analyze the county's current structure and options for redesigning it to increase efficiencies.

The county study coincides with the retirement and resignation of two key department heads and the county's consideration of making to elected officials -- auditor/treasure and recorder -- appointed positions rather than elected one.

The event, which is part of the Chamber's public policy committee, will be from 12-1:30 p.m. at The Oaks at Eagle Creek.

Carolyn Lange

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

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