Door County Administrator Maureen Murphy says she and the board have a long “To Do” list for 2013. On top of that list is renewing six labor union agreements, but four of them will be directly affected by the 2011 Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill.
Beginning January 1, 2014, things like work rules and hours of operation will be decided by the management team and the county board instead of the bargaining union. Murphy estimates these changes will affect about 120 of the county’s 350 employees and says it will take a lot of discussion and preparation this year to make the transition smooth for everyone, including the taxpayers.
Murphy says the county will also be able to look more closely at the healthcare coverage it provides employees through that process and find ways to save money.
Two more factions of the county that will be reviewed are the Senior Resource Center and the Meals on Wheels program.
Door County parks are very important to Murphy, and she says it will be difficult to find a new Parks Director since the passing of the late George Pinney, but the process is underway. Murphy and the county board have narrowed a pool of about 25 applicants to about half a dozen. They hope to fill the position by March.
Reflecting on 2012
2012 was a successful year for Door County in Murphy’s eyes. She is most proud of the fact that the county board was able to deliver a balanced budget for 2013 that maintains all services while keeping taxes in line.
The board hired a new EMS Director in 2012 and appointed Murphy as County Administrator. And, after a few tries, Murphy says the county finally managed a merger of the Department of Social Services and Community Programs to create the Department of Human Services.