Douglas County Commission to consider consolidation of 2 administrative departments

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The Douglas County Courthouse is pictured in September 2018.

The Douglas County Commission at its Wednesday meeting will consider allowing the consolidation of two county departments.

The commissioners have a short agenda for the meeting. All of the items that they will consider are listed for the meeting’s consent agenda, which allows them to consider and approve several items in one motion, unless a commissioner or member of the public asks to pull an item for discussion.

The items include the consideration of a resolution that would allow for the consolidation of the county’s administration and administrative services departments. According to a memo to the commissioners, County Administrator Sarah Plinsky said the county planned to consolidate the two departments when the commission selected her for the county administrator position in 2019.

The administrative department is the office for Plinsky’s position, which is appointed by the County Commission to implement the commission’s goals, according to the county’s website. Meanwhile, the administrative services department provides support to county departments for budgeting, finance, personnel and other areas.

“This would allow the ongoing, efficient administration of government and the ability to provide maximum service to the public,” Plinsky said of the consolidation in the memo.

The County Commission will meet through an online video conference at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The meetings will be open to the walk-in public at the county courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St., but a link for the public to watch live online is available on the county’s website, Residents may also call in and listen by phone by dialing 1-312-626-6799 and entering meeting ID 992-0667-4696.

Full audio from the meeting will continue to be posted on the county’s website, as usual. The meeting’s full agenda may also be found on the county’s website.


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