EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County is one step closer to hiring a new administrator. Wednesday, the Board of Commissioners authorized their staff to begin negotiations with one of the five finalists for the administrator position. The board spent all day in executive session discussing what their next move was going to be. They came out just before 3:30 p.m. into public session, where they were able to officially vote on the matter.
After hours of deliberation, the Board of Commissioners moved to enter into negotiations with Steve Mokrohisky, who is currently serving as Assistant County Manager in Douglas County, Nevada. Prior to that, he was with Milwaukee County in Wisconsin for ten years in a number of different positions including Chief of Staff. Despite the extensive conversations, the vote was not unanimous. The motion passed four to one with Commissioner Sid Leiken being the one dissenting vote.
Commissioner Leiken says, “I still have some questions. I just feel like there could have been a little more vetting on this, especially considering the fact that we have our current interim administrator. We’re in a pretty good place.”
Despite that comment, Commissioner Leikin insisted his hesitations were not a reflection on the candidate.
The motion approved, only approves negotiations. The Board will have to come back to approve an official offer.