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Rohrer, Kroboth to assume new positions

November 30, 1999|By TARA REILLY

More top-level administrative changes are on the way for Washington County government, effective Monday.

Public Works Director Gary Rohrer will become the county's director of special projects, a new position.

Joseph Kroboth III will become the director of public works. He currently is the deputy director of public works.

The county announced the key changes in a written statement Friday afternoon.

County Administrator Rodney M. Shoop said Friday that Rohrer's salary ? $99,419 ? will remain the same when he assumes his new role.

The commissioners haven't set Kroboth's new salary, Shoop said. Greg Murray, who will be appointed on Tuesday as the county administrator, will recommend to the commissioners a new salary for Kroboth, said Shoop, who is retiring.

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Kroboth's current salary is $87,381, Shoop said.

The commissioners agreed by consensus to create the director of special projects position during closed-door discussions about hiring a new county administrator, Shoop said.

Commissioners President John F. Barr said the commissioners will make the position official at Tuesday's commissioners meeting.

The commissioners backed the new position so Rohrer could focus on major issues the county is dealing with, such as the Maugans Avenue widening project, improvements to the U.S. 40 and Edgewood Drive intersection, the capping of the Resh Road Landfill and state legislative issues, Barr said.

Rohrer, who will report to the county administrator, will provide guidance to the commissioners and county divisions and departments, according to a written statement.

Rohrer is set to retire in 2 1/2 years, "so we're trying to utilize his experience and get special projects done before he retires," Barr said.

Barr said he was looking forward to Rohrer taking on the new role.

"It's a tremendous blessing to me," he said. "Gary will be right across from me ... it will sure make my life as president happier. I'll say that."

The new position will free Kroboth to focus on the other aspects of the Division of Public Works, Shoop said. The division contains seven departments ? Transportation, Highway, Water Quality, Engineering, Solid Waste, Buildings Grounds and Parks and Communications Maintenance.

The changes will allow the county to "move upward and outward," Barr said.

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