County administrator receives positive annual review

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer

The Morrison County Board reviewed the job performance of County Administrator Deb Gruber in February, a routine evaluation conducted annually. Gruber received good marks from the Board as well as from county department heads.

“I was very pleased with the outcome of that report,” said County Commissioner Jeff Jelinski.

“As was I,” said Commissioner Kevin Maurer.

The Feb. 18 board meeting ended with a closed session during which the commissioners conducted Gruber’s review.

“It was nice to sit and visit with the Board,” said Gruber. “It’s an interesting position, reporting to five people. I received an overwhelming report.”

Gruber implemented a review process in the past three years which allows department heads to provide feedback regarding her performance.

“I appreciate the feedback,” she said. “It’s very helpful and I’m always looking for ways to improve as well as knowing what’s worked well over the previous 12 months.”

Whether Gruber receives a raise is not tied to her annual review. As a county employee, her compensation is included in the county’s plan.

“Like all other county employees, the administrator participates in an annual performance evaluation which provides an opportunity to evaluate what has occurred during the last year and what goals should be set moving forward. Like the other approximately 225 full-time positions within the organization, my position is part of the county compensation plan,” Gruber said. “If a general cost of living increase is awarded for a calendar year, it is extended to all hired positions.”