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Crow Wing County releases performance evaluation summaries
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Crow Wing County released performance review summaries for its top management positions.

Crow Wing County Administrator Tim Houle, Community Services Director Kara Terry, County Engineer Tim Bray, Information Technology Director Jay Sikkink and Human Resource Director Tamra Laska were all awarded “achieves” performance ratings for meeting the most critical goals and performance measures without getting into detail on what those were. The county has five performance markers.


The state requires the county to release performance evaluation summaries so taxpayers are able to see how the top positions, which are among the top salary positions, are being measured.

Commissioners cited Houle’s “leadership in driving service and financial improvements as particularly noteworthy and instrumental in achieving four consecutive years of levy reductions.”

Terry was encouraged to continue to focus on “completing the work plan identified in the 2013 report assessing department operations.” The board reported it was supportive of progress to-date.

Bray was recognized for customer and community focus and a drive for “improved outcomes related to building and maintaining county roadways.”

Laska was cited for work in “performance management, performance-based pay systems and management of labor and benefit costs.”

Sikkink was noted for his management, procurement and implementation, “in particular a process that clearly evaluates the costs and benefits of technology investments.”

Liedl, land services director, gained an “exceeds” performance rating for surpassing critical goals and performance measures for his job.

Commissioners cited Liedl’s “leadership in improving customer services while reducing spending.” Among the noteworthy accomplishments, the county included the partnership with Crosslake on planning and zoning services, improvements to property valuation process and third-party certification of county-managed forest land. “The board also noted state and national recognition of land services improvements and innovations under Liedl’s leadership.”

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