Special meeting planned to discuss interim attorney position in Nobles County

WORTHINGTON - A special meeting of the Nobles County Board of Commissioners has been planned for 8 a.m. Monday so the board can discuss their next steps in hiring an interim county attorney. Kathy Kusz, who was appointed the county attorney when Gordon Moore was appointed a judge in 2012, and has held the elected position since 2014, has announced her retirement, effective September 30.

On Tuesday, a hiring committee interviewed three candidates for the interim position. A salary of $91,728 was listed in the job posting, and according to County Administrator Tom Johnson, had board consensus at the public meeting when interviews were conducted.

Candidates included Adam Johnson, the current Assistant Nobles County Attorney; Joseph Sanow, the current Assistant Redwood County Attorney; and Stamate Skliris, the current Assistant Dodge County Attorney.

According to the agenda posted on the county's website, administration was directed to make an offer to Adam Johnson, but that offer was declined. Adam Johnson's current salary is $86,566.61. Since administration does not have the authorization to negotiate further, the board must meet. Their options are to change the offer, proceed to the next candidate, repost the position or simply table the matter for further consideration.

As the current Nobles County Commissioner, Kusz has a salary of $120,361. She had stated publically both before and after the 2018 election that she did not intend to fulfill the 4-year term.

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