I wrote this letter to all staff members of Lane County regarding Steve Mokrohiski, our new County Administrator. It was delivered Monday April 21:
To Lane County Staff:
I am thrilled to be the Chair of the Lane County Board of Commissioners at this critical and exciting point in Lane County’s history.
Steve Mokrohisky was chosen as new county administrator after a long and deep search had presented the board with a field of highly experienced and qualified finalists. His selection was the culmination of many hours of recruiting, interviews and screening that left us with a clear choice for leadership in this county organization.
I met with two County Commissioners from Douglas County Nevada (where Steve was serving as administrator), who confirmed to me that we were making the right choice. They did this through their initial demonstration of unfriendliness toward me, the Chair of the Board that was spiriting away their chief. Happily it was only a show of rancor, however, which turned to congratulations followed by lengthy discussions of the great work he had done in their county. They described to me the various means of enticement bordering on coercion that they had employed in trying to keep him there.
But to no avail. Steve Mokrohisky accepted the job in Lane County and is moving here with his wife, who is a nurse practitioner in Nevada, and their two young children. His first day as our County Administrator will be May 5.
He has confided in me that among the attractions of the job were the challenges that we will face addressing current and future needs of this community (the size of Connecticut) and significantly the resources we have in place to ensure success—in particular the professional staff who work here.
I spoke with Steve on Friday about how his first few days and weeks on the job will transpire. He has told me in no uncertain terms that his success will not be possible without the men and women who work here first feeling supported and successful in the multi-faceted work they do. And I have been assured that his initial energy will be funneled toward ensuring that support and success.
I am personally looking forward to seeing our work—that of the staff, the administrator and the board—unfold over the coming years.
I would like to thank you in advance for the satisfying work in which we will together be engaging.
Chair, Lane County Board of Commissioners