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Posted on June 28, 2016 at 9:08 AM by Amy Johnson
I’ve had a wide variety of experiences in my 30-year professional career. But nothing says “drink from a firehose” like serving as an interim Linn County Supervisor.
For those of you who don’t know, I was recently appointed to serve as the Supervisor for District 2, which was previously held by Linda Langston. Linda resigned in April to accept a new position with the National Association of Counties in Washington, D.C. Linda’s term expires at the end of 2016, and a special committee decided to fill her term by appointment until the November election. I applied for her position on an interim basis in late April. By May 2, I was on the job. And my six month education about county government formally began.
To say this job is broad is an understatement. In my first two months as a supervisor, I have toured the county jail, walked gravel roads with constituents, made decisions about programs for the disabled and weighed in on an architect for a new Public Health and Child Development Center. I have learned about secondary road construction, land use and development, Veteran services, juvenile detention programs and Robert’s Rules of Order. And I now know that our Purchasing Director, Britt Hutchins, helps purchase nearly every item Linn County government needs, ranging from office supplies to pesticides.
I have been impressed by three things: First, the competence and dedication of Linn County employees. Many have spent their entire professional careers here and they love what they do. Next, I am amazed by the personal attention that my fellow supervisors give county residents. It is not uncommon for a supervisor to make house calls to hear resident concerns at any time of the day, night or on the weekend. And finally, I am especially proud of the way Linn County government has bounced back after the devastating Flood of 2008. The county lost use of many of its buildings and much equipment that June, but has come back better and stronger than ever before.
In short, I am now one very proud Linn County employee. Our residents are in very good hands.
Now, if I can only figure out how to use the coffee maker in our office. I promise to get back to you about that soon.