Strom gets favorable evaluation

ESCANABA — Delta County Administrator Philip Strom has been doing a good job since he entered his current position last year, according to the Delta County Board of Commissioners. The board entered closed session to discuss its evaluation of Strom during its re-organizational meeting Tuesday.

Each commissioner read a series of statements and assigned Strom a number of points based on how much they agreed with each statement. These points were then added together to determine Strom’s performance in five different categories.

When the commissioners’ evaluations were combined, Strom received 92 out of a possible 100 points (92 percent) in Community Relationships, 114 out of a possible 125 points (91 percent) in Personal Traits, 181 out of a possible 200 points (91 percent) in Board Relationships, 109 out of a possible 125 points (87 percent) in Leadership Skills, and 228 out of a possible 250 points (91 percent) in Management Skills. This gave Strom a total of 724 points out of a possible 800, for an overall percentage of 91 percent.

“We said he did pretty good. We’re … happy with his performance,” newly-elected Board Chair Patrick Johnson said.

Strom expressed his appreciation to the board for its work.

“I want to thank you for a fair and honest evaluation,” he said.

In other business, the board:

– elected Johnson as board chair. As former Board Chair David Rivard was also nominated for this position, a secret ballot was cast; Johnson received three votes and Rivard received two.

Gerard Tatrow was elected as board vice-chair. Additionally, board assignments for 2019 were approved and the board’s standard rules and procedures were adopted at this time.

– heard an update on a pair of proposed millage renewals. A central dispatch millage request will ask voters to renew this millage at its current rate of up to 0.75 mills. A road patrol millage request will ask voters to renew the millage at its current rate of 0.9 mills; voters may also be asked to support a millage increase (the amount of which has not yet been determined) for the road patrol. The board will be presented with ballot language for both proposed millage renewals at an upcoming meeting.

– heard an update on multiple topics — including $85,000 in grant funding which the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board has recommended the county be given for improvements to Rapid River Falls Park — from Delta Conservation District Executive Director Rory Mattson.

– okayed a request from new Probate Judge Perry Lund to buy out his remaining sick leave and vacation leave from his former position with the county.

– approved a letter addressing concerns tied to DHHS Medicaid approval determinations.

– accepted a communications system integration agreement with Michigan Public Safety.

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