SHERIDAN — Public Works Director Rod Liesinger will leave his position in December and county commissioners aren’t planning on replacing him.
Commissioners planned on Liesinger leaving at the end of the year, but the move wasn’t planned to leave a vacancy.
With the county strapped for cash, however, eliminating the position will save the county from paying his approximately $100,000 salary.
There will be a restructuring in the office but county officials don’t know yet what it will look like.
Department heads in Public Works, who usually report to Liesinger who then reports to the commissioners, will either have a new person to report to or will have to report directly to commissioners.
Commissioner Mike Nickel said there should be a plan put together within the next three months, but right now the commissioners are waiting for Liesinger’s recommendations.
“I still think it needs to function like a public works office does,” Liesinger said. “Rather than have each division or department head report to the board, I think there should still be some leadership there.”
The commissioners will move forward with restructuring once Liesinger’s recommendations are in but that doesn’t mean they have to heed his advice.
Liesinger said he’s going to be working with staff from each department to form his recommendations.
“I’m going to involve them very actively in putting this together, because I feel we need to,” he said.
When county commissioners takeover restructuring with his recommendations, Liesinger said, he hopes they continue to seek staff’s advice.
Liesinger said he’ll be working through the end of July and should have recommendations to the commissioners by early August.