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Johnson’s job likely to split into two roles after departure

By DYLAN LYSEN, Herald Staff Writer | 6/11/2014

Franklin County is on the verge of appointing an interim county administrator while the board searches for both a new county administrator and county counselor.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners entered into three executive sessions during its meeting Wednesday, one including the presence of Don Moler, former executive director of Kansas League of Municipalities who is a candidate for the interim position. The board is seeking an interim administrator while continuing its search for Lisa Johnson’s permanent successor. Johnson’s resignation as county administrator and counselor is to take effect at the end of the month. Johnson suggested the board appoint an interim administrator because the search to find her successor or successors might take as long as three months.

Franklin County is on the verge of appointing an interim county administrator while the board searches for both a new county administrator and county counselor.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners entered into three executive sessions during its meeting Wednesday, one including the presence of Don Moler, former executive director of Kansas League of Municipalities who is a candidate for the interim position. The board is seeking an interim administrator while continuing its search for Lisa Johnson’s permanent successor. Johnson’s resignation as county administrator and counselor is to take effect at the end of the month. Johnson suggested the board appoint an interim administrator because the search to find her successor or successors might take as long as three months.

“I think that prior to addressing that process, what needs to be addressed first is the appointment of an interim administrator, so that there is somebody monitoring implemented council and report back to you and can also assist you with the executive search process,” Johnson said during the meeting.

After the three executive sessions, the board approved listing the open jobs — county administrator and county counselor — separately, giving the county the opportunity to find two employees to fill both roles that Johnson will leave vacant. Filling both positions is mandatory, Johnson said.

Johnson assumed the role of county counselor in 2006, and then her role broadened to county counselor and administrator in 2007, she said. The county will look for someone who has experience in Kansas law and government, she said.

The board scheduled a special meeting today for contract discussions between the board and Moler for the interim position.

Moler worked for the Kansas League of Municipalities for 28 years, he said. He worked as a research attorney, general council, and became director in 1999, he said. Moler retired from his duties with the organization at the end of 2013.

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