Department head duties to be defined


Several county department heads often wear several hats as part of their responsibilities, but few have two very different aspects of their job, much less in their job title. At the Aug. 19 meeting of the Wright County Board, the commissioners discussed the process that would be used to hire a new Veteran’s Services/Nuclear director.
The position had included a third job title – civil defense – but that was eliminated from the job description earlier in the month when the personnel committee addressed it. But, the debate came up as to which area the ideal candidate should be most experienced in – dealing with veterans’ issues or emergency management. The nuclear portion of the job deals with the nuclear power plant in Monticello when it conducts exercises that deal with potential emergency issues that might arise and how such emergencies would be handled.
Commissioner Charlie Borrell asked why so much emphasis was put on the veteran’s service end of the job. All six of the selected finalists were chosen based on their experience in veteran’s services, which Borrell questioned.
“Because it’s a dual job, how much weight are we going to put on the nuclear part of it, which may require a different skill set than the veteran services part?” Borrell asked. “I think more emphasis was put on the veterans’ services part of it and I don’t totally agree with that. I think hiring someone with leadership skills is very important, that the emergency management skills would be important.”
Human Resources Director Tammy Bigelow said that 39 applicants met the minimum job requirements and the list was narrowed down to six – those who had the most experience in veterans’ services.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.