County coordinator is finalist for Crow Wing position

The search for a Crow Wing County Administrator is drawing toward closure. The Crow Wing County Commissioners have decided to make a decision on who would be hired at their June 27 meeting. In the meantime they are visiting the candidates former and current communities to gather information. (Pictured is Sue Beak, Crow Wing Social Services director visiting with Morrison County Coordinator Tim Houle during the open house which was held to meet the two final candidates for the position of Crow Wing County Administrator. The commissioners will make their decision on June 27.)

One of the two finalist is Morrison County Coordinator Tim Houle. He has served as coordinator since 1994. Currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration, Houle earned his bachelor’s degree at Hamline University. He was a 1981 graduate of Little Falls Community High School. As coordinator, Houle is responsible for overall labor relations, budgetary process, leadership and legislative goals and building maintenance functions.

The second finalist is Peter Herlofsky, administrator controller of Calhoun County, MI. He previously held the position of Rice County Administrator and Stearns County Coordinator. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in business and received his master’s degree at the University of Illinois. He cites the “challenge and chance to be closer to family,” as the reason for applying for the position.

Houle told the Record, “Crow Wing County has a clearer organizational structure under it’s Administrator position. As such, I believe I would have a better opportunity to make a positive impact in that structure than what is currently in place in Morrison County. In addition, Crow Wing County has a lot of challenges from all the growth pressures they are under.”

He concluded, “I very much enjoy working for Morrison County and, if I don’t get this position, will remain perfectly content continuing to do so, but I see this as an opportunity to more fully apply my skills.”