THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
County Board Hires LeFebvre As Marinette County Administrator
By unanimous vote of members present on Tuesday, March 28, Marinette County Board officially named long-time county employee John LeFebvre to the highest position in Marinette County government. He has handled the job on an interim basis since Shawn Henessee resigned in December, while also taking care of his duties as head of the Land Information Department and administrator of MarOco Landfill.
As County Administrator, it will now be LeFebvre's duty to decide how to deal with the multiple responsibilities he has handled since 2003.
Three supervisors, Mike Behnke, Joe Banaszak and Rick Polzin, were absent and excused from Tuesday's meeting. The District 3 supervisor post held by Dennis Marcely remains vacant since his resignation last week after an explosive outburst at the Economic Development Committee meeting on Monday, March 20. Applicants are being sought for someone to fill his position representing the entire Town of Dunbar and part of the Town of Athelstane.
The remaining 26 supervisors all voted in favor of the employment agreement with LeFebvre after a brief explanation by Corporation Counsel Gale Mattison.
The agreement was negotiated after the Executive Committee backed him for the position at its meeting on Wednesday, March 22.
"John has been a County employee forever, and with this agreement he will remain a "just cause" employee," Mattison said. She explained this means his job can be terminated only for just cause, or unless he retires or resigns. Salary for the position was set at $115,000 for the calendar year 2017, the same pay as the former county administrator. Mattison said even if the Carlson Dettman study calls for higher pay for the administrator position, LeFebvre has opted not to take it for 2017.
Mattison said as a continuing county employee who moved up, LeFebvre will remain eligible for county benefits, including retirees health insurance, which is no longer available to newly hired employees.
LeFebvre became a Marinette County employee on Sept. 18, 1985, but worked for the county even before that while helping with design and construction of the MarOco Landfill as a summer employee of engineers Foth and Van Dyke. He said Ted Sauve of Marinette is the only supervisor remaining of the 30-member board that hired him as Solid Waste Administrator back in 1985.
When the late Zoning Administrator Ray Kamps retired in 1990 that position was added to LeFebvre's landfill duties, and in 2003 he became head of the Land Information Department while continuing to handle his other responsibilities.
County Board Chair Mark Anderson is happy that LeFebvre accepted the County Administrator's job. "I think we should be happy that we have someone willing to step in that has the experience that John has," Anderson declared. "He genuinely cares about the community. I look forward to working with him and moving Marinette County forward. He knows everybody, he knows the history, and is well respected in the community."
"Thanks for the vote of confidence," LeFebvre told the board after the favorable vote. "We'll work together as a team to move move Marinette County forward."
LeFebvre and his wife, the former Sandee Schreiner, live in Marinette. They have two children, Lily, who is a sophomore at St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, and Daniel, a graduate of STAA, attends UW-Stevens Point. LeFebvre is president of the STAA School Board and Sandee works for the school. Both are active in the community.