CASSOPOLIS — Cass County is losing its second administrator in less than a month. Just weeks after County Administrator Karen Folks resigned her position, Interim County Administrator Angie Steinman has announced she’s leaving to take another position.
Cass County Board Chairman Robert Benjamin said commissioners accepted Steinman’s resignation at their meeting last week. In addition to being the interim county administrator, Steinman was the county’s finance director.
Benjamin said Steinman’s last day will be Feb. 22. The county board will appoint someone else to be the interim administrator at their next meeting on Feb. 21. Steinman has been the finance director and deputy administrator since coming to the county in January 2014.
This wasn’t Steinman’s first time as the interim administrator, having served in that capacity at least once previously in the first half of 2016 after the previous administrator, Roger Fraser, was terminated. Fraser was terminated after two years with the county, in 2014-15. In all, the county has had four county administrators since March 2010.
Folks was basically forced out by the board in January. Folks decided to resign rather than force the board to vote on Benjamin’s motion to fire her. Benjamin would not give specifics regarding why he wanted Folks to leave, citing only low morale among county staff and the desire to go in a new direction.
Benjamin was elected to the board last November after serving as Milton Township supervisor. He was elected board chairman at his first official county board meeting – also the same meeting in which Folks resigned.
Benjamin said the county board voted last week to hire Account Consultants to handle financial services for the county until a new finance director is found. Commissioners are now reviewing job descriptions for both the county administrator and the finance director/deputy administrator positions, he said.
He noted that the county administrator job description is pretty much done so that the county can move forward with starting the process of advertising, collecting applications and setting up interviews. He said the goal is to conduct interviews in April.
Commissioners set aside $2,000 to cover the costs of advertising the open county administrator position, he said.
In addition getting a new county administrator this year, Benjamin said the county board is looking to hire new legal counsel for the county. He said he wants the county to get in the practice of reviewing legal counsel and accounting services every two years.
Commissioners voted to change the start of committee of the whole meetings to 5:30 p.m. the day of commission meetings for the rest of 2019. The committee of the whole meetings had been set for 4 p.m. the day of the commission meetings in January and early February.