ST. PETER — Interim administrator Mandy Landkamer is being offered Nicollet County’s top job on a long-term basis.
The Nicollet County Board unanimously voted Wednesday to offer the county administrator post to Landkamer, pending negotiation of a contract.
Landkamer is the county’s property and public services director. She also has been serving as interim county administrator since former county administrator Ryan Krosch left in April.
The County Board also interviewed Polk County Administrator Chuck Whiting on Wednesday. One commissioner indicated a preference for Whiting in an initial anonymous straw poll. But the vote to appoint Landkamer, which came moments later after little discussion, was unanimous.
County Board Chair Terry Morrow said he was pleased with the qualifications of both candidates, but Landkamer stood out in her commitment to public service.
“Mandy articulated well some principles of public service: dependability, trust and communication,” Morrow said.
While Landkamer does not have prior experience as a county administrator, Morrow said she has overseen “key areas of county service.”
Landkamer told the commissioners during her interview she is proud of shepherding the consolidation of several county departments. Since 2015 she has overseen zoning and other land management, property assessments, property taxes, elections, the driver’s license center and more.
Last year the recorder’s office, which handles real estate records and passport applications, also was moved under the umbrella of Landkamer’s Property and Public Services Department.
The consolidation improved efficiency and customer service, she said.
Landkamer acknowledged financial management as an area in which she has “minimal experience.” She is in charge of her department’s budget, but she has never led the development of a countywide budget or longer-term financial planning.
She said she believes the role of a county administrator includes implementing policy set by the County Board and giving department heads “the tools they need to allow staff to do their job and provide excellent customer service.”
The job listing included a salary range of $111,512 to $161,692.
The County Board parted ways with both Krosch and Jamie Haefner, head of human resources and assistant county administrator, in April. No reasons for their departures were publicly disclosed.
As interim administrator, Landkamer said she was focused on steadying a “rocking boat.” She said her first act as administrator would be meeting with each department to “identify priorities” and “what is working well and what’s not.”
Landkamer told the board she has no intentions of leaving the county any time soon.
“I would say I’m an invested employee. I’m here for the long haul,” she said. “I think Nicollet County has been known as a progressive county across the state. I’ve been very thankful to be part of it.”