Lewis County Manager Decision Postponed Until 2014
Lewis County lawmakers have decided not to hire a county manager.Instead, they'll let the next board of legislators make the decision. The current board met in executive session Monday morning. When they came out of the closed session, they said they decided not to fill the post. "We all came to a consensus that we're going to leave it just the way it is," said Legislator Paul Stanford (D. - 6th District). Lawmakers had decided last month to hire Brian Wohnsiedler, but backtracked after Stanford questioned what he called Wohnsiedler's questionable record. Wohnsiedler was executive director of the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District. Stanford has said he doesn't think Wohnsiedler is right for the Lewis County position due to his sudden resignation from the district earlier this year after allegedly mishandling funds. Legislators decided Monday they can perform the county manager's duties until January, when a new board is sworn in. Legislative Chair Mike Tabolt will continue to act as manager with help.
"If you took the accumulated total of the legislators, that they've been in office, it's probably close to 90 to 100 years," said Tabolt. In the meantime, with no one occupying the roughly $80,000 a-year-job, the county will save some money. See our earlier story.