NEW ULM – Brown County Commissioners approved a $45,000 personnel survey by David Drown & Associates (DDA) on Sept. 20.
Brown County administrator Sam Hansen wrote in the request that with high turnover and upcoming retirements expected in the coming years, it is an ideal time to evaluate the current workforce and services to Brown County citizens.
Under the agreement, questionnaires will be sent to 40 employees, they will be interviewed and the findings will be tentatively presented to the provincial government in the first quarter of 2023.
“I find the information very valuable. I fully support it.” said New Ulm Commissioner Dave Borchert.
“I was surprised at the cost, but in the end we can streamline the service and serve the public better,” said Commissioner Tony Berg, Rural New Ulm.
DDA will comprehensively review the departmental structure with a focus on intra-relations, interviewing elected land administration officers, reviewing financial information, and developing recommendations and implementation strategies to ensure a cost-effective, customer-centric service delivery system.
In addition to meeting with stakeholders, telephone updates will be provided to the province at every stage of the process, according to the DDA.
An analysis of the county’s operations includes administration, assessor, attorney, accountant-treasurer, highway service, human resources, licensing, maintenance, planning and zoning, probation, public health, recorder, Sheriff and Veterans Service Office.