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Reader Opinion: Time for change

I have no experience in addressing the plans to "reorganize" the auditor-treasurer and recorder's office. The word "reorganize" has come to mean many things when Mr. Houle and the County Board's focus is on "streamlining" county services. Fancy n...

I have no experience in addressing the plans to "reorganize" the auditor-treasurer and recorder's office. The word "reorganize" has come to mean many things when Mr. Houle and the County Board's focus is on "streamlining" county services. Fancy new names are given to department heads and units while positions are contracted out, retirement positions are

refilled only if it is a situation where the county has been short on workers and all remaining workers deal with the fallout. I can attest to the short sighted and poorly executed "reorganization" when the merging of Social Services/Public Health occurred almost two years ago. It was an emotional, physical and dictatorial process! That has not changed.

I would like to see the exact figures that Mr. Koering speaks of when stating that county workers love their jobs and working for the county. I truly don't believe you could find more than five workers in the new Community Services agency that would support that statement. Enjoying clients, coworkers and a need to make a decent living are the only factors these workers remain there.

I have witnessed family/friends with defeated spirits/morale who put on their brave faces as they do these jobs daily, counting the days until they can retire or find another career.

So not pats on the back for Mr. Houle nor the county board members. They have never held a county job that wasn't elected/appointed. It is time the citizens of Crow Wing County wake up and make changes at the next elections.

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Jill Zauhar Backberg

St. Joseph

Related Topics: CROW WING COUNTY BOARD
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