Jim Hill, 61, rural Garrison, filed Wednesday for a second term as Crow Wing County commissioner.
He said the county board has established a professional approach to growth issues and is seeking excellence in management of county affairs.
"I just feel I have an obligation to see that through," he said.
Hill would like to see increased efficiency and hopes Wednesday's hiring of the county's first administrator will save money by eliminating any duplication of services. The administrator will also have a better grip on the finances.
Ninth District Judge John Leitner
"I think we need to explore more modern techniques of budget management and control," Hill said. "You really can't have that without someone sitting there on a day-to-day basis."
Before his election to the county board Hill had served four years with the FBI, 12 years with the Alexandria Police Department and several years with the city of Fridley as assistant city manager and public safety director.
Also filing for office Wednesday were Ninth District Judge John Leitner; District 4 Senate candidate Bill Lawrence, a Republican from Bemidji; and Cass County District 4 commissioner candidates Mona Glassman of Walker and Kent Nelson of Walker. Judge Leitner, Lawrence, Nelson and Glassman could not be reached for comment today.
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