At the Dec. 11 Kosciusko County Council meeting, Kosciusko County Commissioner Ron Truex came before the council to request the establishment of a temporary assistant county administrator position, which was ultimately approved.
The current county administrator, Ron Robinson, is preparing for retirement, and the commissioners and council felt that an interim assistant administrator would help with the transition to the new administrator.
At the commissioner’s meeting this morning, Truex announced that Marsha McSherry, who currently serves as the county auditor, would fill the position of temporary assistant county administrator. Truex reported that she has attended almost every council and commissioners meeting in the last eight years. She will start her new job in 2015, after her term as auditor ends.
Truex stated the decision was discussed at an executive session held on Thursday, Dec. 11, and the Kosciusko County Council approved establishment of the position at its December meeting. The establishment of the position and appointment of McSherry was unanimous among both the Kosciusko County Council and the Kosciusko County Commissioners. “We’re really pleased that she’s accepted it,” said Truex.
Also at the Dec. 23 commissioner’s meeting, Bob Weaver, county health inspector, presented an updated county food ordinance. “It’s primarily taking the state’s requirement,” stated Kosciusko County Attorney Chad Miner. “The state prepares a model ordinance. I went through the model ordinance and adapted it to the county.”
Weaver reported that the ordinance hadn’t been updated since 1985. The biggest difference in the updated ordinance: “It will allow, if the health department desired, to fine a food establishment that doesn’t make changes over time,” said Weaver. “This gives you some muscle to do that when you need to do it.” The commissioners approved the ordinance.
Director of Emergency Management Ed Rock submitted an amendment for a 2013 training grant for district 2. Due to scheduling conflicts, Rock requested an extension that would be good through July 2015. The commissioners approved the request.
Robert Conley was appointed to the Lakeland Sewer District board. Two contracts, one for telephone services and the other for HVAC maintenance, were approved.
The next commissioners meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.