Board agrees who should lead

n County officials unanimous in their decision to offer Carver County administrator the job


by Paul Rignell

Contributing Writer

The Sherburne County Board voted unanimously Sept. 24 in directing Gary Weiers, consultant in their search for a new county administrator, to offer and negotiate a contract with finalist Steve Taylor, who is currently based in Chaska as the assistant county administrator for Carver County.

Taylor has served there for eight years, following a role as director of finance and administration for the public library of the city and county of Denver, Colo.

He has had other program management and finance positions in the private and public sectors and holds a master’s degree in public administration.

The county commissioners interviewed Taylor along with four other finalists in Elk River over two days in the week prior to making their decision. Each of the finalists came from current county administrative work outside of Sherburne County but in Minnesota.

“We met five excellent candidates, but one was a better fit for us,” said Commissioner Rachel Leonard, who holds the gavel to chair the board’s proceedings for 2013.

The board has split on many other votes this year, but agreed that Taylor was their top choice among the applicants for this process. “I’m happy it was a 5-0 vote,” Leonard said, “because we’ve had enough of those 3 to 2 (decisions).”

Leonard said that one question which the board asked of Taylor was in the event they should split a vote against a proposal he may personally favor, what he might or might not say in response.

Taylor responded firmly that he would stay neutral in those board discussions, Leonard said.

“That was very satisfying to me,” the board chair said. “I was pleased to (hear) he would stay neutral in it, which is what he should do.”