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County enters 2022 with plans to create a flexible work environment

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Brenda Erdahl:

Since March 2019, Wright County Commissioners have been working with staff to create a better and more flexible work environment. At their regular meeting, they approved the restructuring of the County’s administrative department.

Recent months have seen many discussions about staffing and reporting structures within the administration and information technology departments. County staff recommended Tuesday a restructuring of its administrative department. This would create a central projects division under administration, and reallocate supervision responsibilities to two assistant county officials.

Commissioner Darek Vetch described the restructuring as a way to create fewer buckets, rather than more.

We are trying to improve communication with our department heads to be better business partners. He stated that the current structure allows us to share a lot of information to many different departments, each with its own complexities. We want a flexible work environment for our staff and County. But we can’t do that until we have reliable ways to measure performance. This is the first step.

Christine Husom said that this idea is not new. This idea didn’t just pop up overnight. It’s the result a lot of thought from different departments and staff, who have made suggestions.

The County has restructured and hired two assistant county administrators. This means that the County will no longer be filling the positions of an administrative specialist or risk management specialist that were budgeted for 2022.

We are no longer small, we are growing. Now we are aligning ourselves to what larger counties are doing in order to make things run better, Commissioner Mark Daleiden explained.

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