County hires new Administrator

The Cook County board has offered the position of County Administrator to Jay Kieft, currently Executive Director of Wright County Human Services in Buffalo, MN.

Kieft previously was head of human services in Kandiyohi County from 2007 to 2012.

The board has authorized its consultant, David Unmark, to negotiate the contract with respect to health insurance, salary and  contract length as well as other details.

According to Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers, Kieft heads a department of 200 people and the county expects him to assume his position here within two months.