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Hudson Star Observer
Krizek is candidate for Pierce County job
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

John Krizek, former administrative coordinator for both St. Croix and Dunn counties, is on track to take the same job in Pierce County.

Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee members agreed Friday morning to recommend Krizek to fill the position that's been vacant since Mark Schroeder resigned last November.

A special county board meeting will be held Thursday evening to make the final decision.

Krizek, 58, lives in Hudson and was St. Croix's administrative coordinator for 10 years before he resigned abruptly Sept. 16, 1999.

According to a Hudson Star-Observer account in 1999, he resigned after allegations of misuse of his computer. The St. Croix County Board chairman wouldn't say what led to the resignation, but said Krizek's work had been "excellent."

When reached by phone Tuesday morning, Krizek declined to disclose his reasons for leaving the St. Croix job.

"I've been forthcoming with the (Pierce) County Board and they understand my reasons for leaving," he said. "It was a family issue, and I prefer to leave it at that."

"During my tenure with St. Croix County, I led departments in building budgets that lowered the tax rate by three percent," wrote Krizek in his letter of application to Pierce County.

"I am accustom(ed) to doing more with less, as evidenced by a plan I developed to build a new government center and jail in St. Croix County without a tax increase," continued Krizek.

He also said he has "strong interpersonal skills and (has) coached many department managers to improve their customer service and employee job satisfaction."

Krizek still lives in Hudson and has been working more recently as production supervisor at the Andersen Windows plant in Menomonie.

He was St. Croix County's first administrative coordinator. Before he was hired, the county operated under the direction of a part-time county board chairman.

Krizek also worked as administrative coordinator in Dunn County for 12 years and was Chippewa County's personnel director for one year.

Earlier this year, the Pierce County Board substantially revised the ordinance and job description that describe the powers and duties of the administrative coordinator. The revisions make the job more of a coordinator than an executive. Words such as "supervise" and "conduct" are replaced with "participates" and "assists."

Schroeder was making nearly $84,000 when he resigned. The finance and personnel committee voted in March to offer the job at $65,000, but the agenda for Thursday's county board meeting says the board will discuss compensation.

Krizek's annual salary was $85,300 when he left the job in St. Croix County, said Personnel Director Debra Kathan.