By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
Mary Bloomer’s resignation as county administrator became official May 10, and since that time, the Seward County Commission had informally designated human resources director April Warden as the interim liaison administrator.
Monday, the board formalized that selection by approving a motion to appoint Warden as the interim administrator. She will serve in that capacity, in addition to being the HR director until a candidate is selected to fill the position full time.
The administrator position had been offered to one of the candidates the commission had interviewed recently, but chairman Jim Rice reported at the board’s May 2 meeting that the candidate had declined the offer. At that time, Rice had asked that work session be set. Monday, the commission set a work session for Wednesday afternoon, and the item will be discussed along with resolutions for vicious dogs and pit bulls.
In a brief question period, commissioner Doug LaFreniere asked Warden about her abilities to take on the additional workload, in particular having time to complete the tasks of the administrator along with those of the human resources department.
“We will make time,” Warden said. “There are times where it may be difficult, but we’ve figured it out.”
Since Bloomer’s resignation, Warden and administrative assistant Bobi Call have been taking on the duties of the administrator’s office, and Warden said everything has worked fine thus far.
“We’ve worked together in Mary’s absence, but it’s going pretty smoothly,” she said.
Rice said input from the public has likewise been positive.
“They’re both doing quite well,” he said of Call and Warden. “They seem to be on top of the issues. If they had any questions, they call me. They already had the solutions before they call usually. We’ve got a few e-mails about some of the planning and zoning issues in the past week. Those were basically because individuals didn’t understand they needed a license to work for the county.”
Warden then asked the commission about how she had been doing at this point, particularly in the area of providing information to the board about current issues.
“If I’m overwhelming you with too much information at this point, I didn’t know how much you wanted to know and how much you wanted us to handle, so I felt it better to let you know about all the issues that were going on, especially if you were questioned about them by the public,” she said.
Rice and LaFreniere both said they appreciated being kept informed of what is happening in regards to present issues in the county.
The commission voted unanimously to appoint Warden as interim liaison administrator, along with her HR director position, until a candidate is selected to fill the administrator position full time.