Posted: Monday, 06 August 2012 4:58PM
The Wabasha County Government Study Commission sharply criticized three commissioners for what it says was misleading the public about why they got rid of the administrator form of government at the end of last year.
According to the Post-Bulletin, it also slams them for not cooperating with the committee and having a faulty strategic planning session that led to a suggestion to change the form of government.
The commission was formed earlier this year after board members Dave Harms, Deb Roschen and Merl Norman voted to get rid of the county administrator form of government, thereby ending the job of administrator Dave Johnson.
The publicly stated motive for changing form of government was to save money, but the commission found that "Wabasha County is in good financial shape".
Instead, the commission found considerable evidence to support its conclusion that the administrator form was abolished primarily as a means of terminating the employment of the then-incumbent administrator, whose publicly stated views did not always agree with the views of majority board members.