Tuesday’s Yellow Medicine County Board Meeting began with the swearing-in of new District 2 Commissioner John Berends and ended with the board’s acceptance of a resignation letter from County Administrator Ryan Krosch.
Typically new commissioners are not installed until after the first of the year but because the District 2 (Granite Falls) seat involved a special election to replace Commissioner Dick Wambeke, who passed away last year, Berends was sworn in at the first opportunity.
“It feels pretty good. I sat on the other side of that table for a number of months so I’ve been ready to go to work for quite some time. I’m relieved that the day is finally here,” he said
An official resignation letter from Krosch was hardly a surprise after it was reported on November 13 that YMC’s Administrator of six years had accepted an offer to become administrator for Nicollet County, where he is said to have family.
In his letter Krosch thanked the board on behalf of himself and other department heads for having been given the flexibility to implement “many progressive and innovative changes the past six years.”
“My personal goals when I started for YMC were to make the County more efficient, better organized, fiscally healthy and to maximize the return on the taxpayer’s investment,” Krosch said in his letter. “As I prepare to move on from my work here ... I can honestly say that these personal goals have been achieved. The County is in better financial shape than it has ever been, our tax levy increases the past six years have been modest despite experiencing one of the worst recessions ever and the County’s services have become more efficient and innovative.”
As a final recommendation to the board, Krosch encouraged commissioners to continue to move in a progressive direction and to once again hire a County Administrator (as opposed to coordinator) to ensure that such positive steps continue.
Said Krosch,”YMC has become known around the state as a progressive rural county that is able to “think outside the box” when it makes sense to do so. [It] is also considered a great place to work in the area and morale among staff is generally very good.”
The letter was accepted unanimously by the board without discussion or comment, save a word of “congratulations,” from commissioner Ron Antony.
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According to the St. Peter Herald, Krosch will receive a starting salary of $111,586. He was hired as Yellow Medicine County’s first administrator in 2007 with a salary of $74,099. At the time of his departure, he will have been earning $97,509.82.