WILLMAR — The past 12 to 18 months have been a challenge for Kandiyohi County Administrator Larry Kleindl, with the pandemic throwing everything into disarray. However, despite the trials and additional work that presented, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners is more than pleased with how Kleindl has performed.

"Five county commissioners unanimously think his overall performance exceeds our expectations of a county administrator," said Commissioner Corky Berg, board chairman, at the Oct. 19 Kandiyohi County Board meeting.

Kandiyohi County Administrator Larry Kleindl received a very positive performance review from the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners this month. Anne Polta / West Central Tribune file photo
Kandiyohi County Administrator Larry Kleindl received a very positive performance review from the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners this month. Anne Polta / West Central Tribune file photo

Every year the commissioners fill out a lengthy performance review form on Kleindl's ability to run the county. In this year's review, Kleindl received ratings of "exceeds expectations" and "meets expectations" for all of the review criteria.

"We review leadership, supervision, problem-solving, decision-making, goals, job knowledge, communication and customer focus," Berg said.

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Berg also felt it was important that the public hear some of the comments made about Kleindl in the review, as well as give Kleindl the opportunity to hear the comments out loud, instead of just reading them on a piece of paper. The review said that Kleindl cares for all of the staff, communicates well and has a great capacity to do his job.

"His strengths include his commitment to his job and Kandiyohi County," Berg read from the review summary. "Larry can cut through the noise and get to the bottom of the issues."

The review touched on the extra work the pandemic caused, which included forming a countywide public health response and allocating multiple rounds of relief funds to various projects, businesses and organizations. There was some concern that Kleindl might be pushing himself too far and is in need of more help.

"So much extra has been asked of Mr. Kleindl for the last 18 months. I believe it is incumbent of the board to extend to him some grace and some additional help," Berg read from the report. "He needs to be able to let go and turn over some aspects of his position to other department heads and staff."

Kleindl was appreciative of the positive review, but said he doesn't operate in a vacuum. He said it is a team process and without the buy-in from county staff, department heads and the county commissioners, he wouldn't be able to do his job well or at all.

"There is no job one person can do by themselves," Kleindl said. "If the county does a good job, it is because the people underneath me and those above me provide the tools to do the job, to allow me to do my job."

He thanked the commissioners and the staff for allowing him to be the county administrator.

"It is never boring," Kleindl said.