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Board balks at hiring new county assessor

By Staff | Jun 11, 2012

Hiring a new Faribault County Assessor was up for discussion at the county commissioners meeting on Tuesday.

The board had gone through the process of advertising for the open position and interviewing eligible applicants.

It was narrowed down to one applicant who had met the requirements and seemed qualified for the position.

The four-year appointment of Lynn Krachmer as county assessor was brought to the board for approval at the June 5 meeting.

“He is from St. Paul, has all the proper credentials and has experience in Minneapolis and Fridley assessor offices,” Commissioner Bill Groskreutz Jr. says.

Krachmer worked as an appraiser in the assessor’s office in Minneapolis.

Groskreutz says if the board approved Krachmer, he would be available to start by June 11. However, some commissioners had reservations.

“Assessor is a big office,”?Commissioner Tom Warmka says. “I want to make sure he is fit for the job.”

Warmka was concerned that since Faribault County is centered so strongly on agriculture, he wants to make sure Krachmer is able to assess farmland.

“We’re just so used to training from within. I want to know more about him,”?he said.

While Warmka was hoping for more discussion before approving the hire, timeliness was an issue as well.

“I understand where you are coming from, but assessors are in high demand right now,” Commissioner Tom Loveall says.

“I’m holding him to a higher standard,”?Warmka adds. “We’re talking about a department head.”

Although Krachmer was available to start immediately the board voted to hold off making any decision on the matter until the next meeting.

In other business;

Michele Stindtman gave the board of commissioners an update of the comprehensive plan.

“We are going to have to work with the cities for them to decide to be a part of the plan with us,”?Stindtman says.

Stindtman is going to work with Linsey Warmka of the Faribault County Development Corporation and the Faribault County EDA on involving the cities in the comprehensive plan.

“The cities that do decide to participate in the comprehensive plan will have much greater access to grant dollars,”?Warmka adds.

Some cities, including Wells, have been on the fence about becoming involved.

“Wells City Council was not aware of what was going on,”?Groskreutz says. “I think they want to know what benefits they will receive that non-participating cities will not receive.”

Commissioner Greg Young thought it was important for cities to remember that the benefits they do receive from the plan is what they should be focusing on.

Commissioner Tom Loveall asked for some elaboration on the EDA?procedure and whether they are using grants or if something in their policy has changed.

“I was under the impression that the EDA was only giving out loans and not grants,”?he says.

“EDA?used its operating funds that have been in place from previous years,”?Groskreutz adds.

Loveall explained he was more interested in being informed and up-to-date about how they are operating.

“What are we doing in the future and even in the present?”?he asks. “I just want to have the correct information if anyone asks me.”