Door County Board Keeps County Administrator Position

The county administrator form of government has been retained by the Door County board. All supervisors on hand Tuesday voted to continue having an individual run the day to day affairs of the county, much like a CEO would be involved in decision making for a large corporation. During the recent administrative services committee meeting, some support for going to the administrative coordinator position was seen, but action on such a change did not surface Tuesday. In announcing his decision to step down as county board chairman, Leo Zipperer, a supporter of the county administrator position, asked supervisors to take a hard look at the powers of the county board. Zipperer pointed out that the board directs the operations & service provisions through legislation, directives, plans &, most importantly, approving a budget. He said controlling county finances is a far more effective tool for ensuring the board’s desires are met than attempting to perform “on the ground” supervision. New county board chairman Dan Austad said, in the near future, the administrative services committee would consider the process for finding a new county administrator. Austad had no timetable for recruitment of new candidates. In the meantime, county corporation counsel Grant Thomas is functioning as Door County administrator.

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