Schroetlin appointed temporary admin

    Phillips County Board of Commissioners has appointed Laura Schroetlin to serve as interim administrator/planner, after the sudden death of county administrator Randy Schafer shook the office last month.
    Schroetlin brings nearly a decade of experience working with the county and has taken on many of Schafer’s responsibilities in addition to her own, including usage permits, gravel pit reporting and grant reporting for projects like the Bank of Colorado Pavilion and the coal bin.
    The commissioners, meanwhile, are putting together a description for the administrator position. Schroetlin said outlining the responsibilities of the job has been difficult because of the amount and variety of things that Schafer did for the county.
    “A lot of knowledge went with Randy, and some of that is probably impossible to replicate,” she said.
    Schroetlin was raised in Holyoke, and her passion for public service was shared by her grandfather, Leslie Kunkel, who served as Holyoke’s mayor, and her aunt, Dorothy Reimer, who sat on the city council.
    Schroetlin stressed that the administration office is still fully functional and will remain open as the search for Schafer’s replacement continues.

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