The Winona County Board of Commissioners Tuesday continued discussions on the hiring process for a new county administrator as well as the job description and responsibilities of the position.
Commissioner Greg Olson says he would like to see same process as the last time which included community panels to give public input during the interview process.
Fifth District Commissioner Marcia Ward suggested using a neighboring county, such as Olmsted County, to help them process the applications and assist with some of the other work involved before the actual hiring is done.
The board will bring back these suggestions at their first meeting in August. The board also discussed whether it was legal to require the person they hire to eventually move to Winona County, if they don't currently do so. The county attorney was asked to research it more fully and report back to the board.
Following the regular meeting, the board held a closed session to discuss a discrimination claim filed by former Winona County administrator Duane Hebert who was fired in May. Hebert filed the claim for alleged violations of statutes governing protections against discrimination because of a marital situation or actions of a spouse.
The board did NOT issue any statements at the conclusion of the closed meeting.