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Crow Wing County hires IT director

The Crow Wing County Board Tuesday approved hiring DeeAnne Newville as information technology director.

Newville was one of three finalists for the position to fill a vacancy created when long-term IT director Jim Eder retired in June. Other finalists for the job were Deborah Erickson, county elections coordinator/deputy auditor, and Robert Litke, information director at Mille Lacs Health System.

Newville was hired at a salary of $88,705. She is expected to start at the end of the month.

Newville has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. She previously was Grand Rapids-based Lake Country Power director of administrative services from 2006 to 2011.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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