The wait is over for the two men vying to be Crow Wing County's administrator.
The Crow Wing County Board on Wednesday hired Peter Herlofsky Jr., Calhoun County administrator in Michigan, for the position.
The other candidate was Timothy Houle, Morrison County coordinator.
Commissioners worked to hire a county administrator for seven months, choosing the top two candidates in May.
"A lot of time and effort has been put into this," said board chairman Terry Sluss. "Either two would be acceptable. Peter will do a good job."
Commissioner James Hill, who was part of the negotiating committee, said Herlofsky was a better match. Another county in the state was also negotiating with Herlofsky for a job, and Crow Wing County was the lucky winner.
Herlofsky plans to attend a county board meeting in August. He requested 90 days before starting the job to allow time to sell his home in Michigan and find a home in Minnesota.
Herlofsky will earn $80,000 a year. By Jan. 1, 2001, he would earn $85,000. Another $5,000 would be added to his salary in his third year. The county has around $70,000-$75,000 in the budget for the position. Currently, Herlofsky earns $91,000 a year in Michigan.
"We have the salary covered this year," said Sluss. "It shouldn't be a problem to get the money into the next budgetary process."
The county will give Herlofsky 20 days of annual leave, with further credit to be accrued at the rate of 16 hours per month, starting at the first of the year. This annual leave will replace sick, vacation and personal day leaves. The maximum total accumulation of the annual leave at the end of the year will be 30 days.
The county will pay no more than $3,500 in moving expenses for Herlofsky. It also agreed to cover expenses for not more than seven days and one trip to the county for Herlofsky and his wife to look for a home.
Herlofsky's duties will include preparing the county board agenda, assisting the board in long-range planning and performing additional tasks as assigned by the board. Herlofsky also will establish and maintain effective relationships with elected county officials, employees, civic and community groups and the general public.
Herlofsky has worked as the county administrator for Calhoun County, Mich., since 1993. Calhoun County has a population of 140,000 and is managed by a seven-member board.
He also has worked for Stearns and Rice counties in Minnesota on overall planning, personnel, budget, labor relations and legislative programs. He has worked as an assistant city manager in Crystal and a planning assistant and senior engineering aide in Fridley.
In 1968, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Minnesota. In 1992, he earned a master's degree in business administration at the University of Illinois.
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