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Dave Olson, Published June 16 2010

Clay County dealing with job openings

The Clay County Commission decided Tuesday to delay finding a new human resources director until it hires a new county administrator.

The vacancy in human resources was created when Kari Alme recently resigned to take a job in the private sector.

On Tuesday, the county board began interviewing finalists for the job of county administrator, with a goal of hiring someone by July.

Because current Administrator Vijay Sethi is not retiring until the end of the year, whoever is hired to replace him will have several months of training and guidance from Sethi to help ease into the job.

Three finalists for the administrator job were interviewed Tuesday, and two are scheduled to be interviewed today.

Also Tuesday:

The commission voted to establish a business subsidy policy that will allow Clay County to offer a variety of tax incentives to assist private development projects.

Available incentives include tax increment financing, tax abatements and access to a revolving loan fund.

County officials will reserve the right to deny a tax break if they decide the potential benefits of a project do not justify the demands it would place on county services.

Chief Assistant Clay County Attorney Michelle Lawson talked to the commission about a draft joint powers agreement expected to play a role in how a future flood diversion project would be operated and maintained.

Clay County Commission Chairman Kevin Campbell said it is nearly certain the cities of Fargo and Moorhead would become the sponsors of a diversion, and he said it is also likely they would own the project.

Clay County would likely become part of a joint powers board that would make decisions regarding maintenance and operation of a diversion, Lawson said.

She said the makeup of the board and the voting powers of members hasn’t been decided.

Clay County commissioners will review the draft agreement before providing feedback to a committee working on coming up with its final wording.

Officials hope to have an agreement finalized by September or October.


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