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Paul Sailer, Wadena County human services director, and Cindy Pederson, county public health director, address the board about the pros and cons of merging the two departments. Commissioners opted against the union, and authorized hiring a replacement for Sailer, who is retiring at the end of March.

Board looks to hire new human services director, county coordinator

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At a special meeting Friday, the Wadena county board officially established a county coordinator position and decided against merging the human services and public health departments.

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Commissioners have talked about hiring a top county official for years. Determining the scope of the job and how to include it into the budget took time, said Commissioner Jim Hofer.

"With the complexities of doing business these days," he said, "it's something that needs to be done."

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