Wednesday, June 20, 2007

County introduces new administrator

McNees focusing on public safety facility

Express Staff Writer

Mike McNees

New Blaine County Administrator Mike McNees was officially introduced to the public Tuesday and hit the ground running.

Immediately after his 9 a.m. introduction at the County Commission's regular Tuesday meeting, McNees took part in a discussion related to what may be the biggest challenge in his early tenure at the county: overseeing construction of a new public safety facility.

Asked about his move to the area, the recent Sarasota, Fla., resident expressed pleasure with his transition to mountain living.

"I'm really happy to be here," McNees said.

Helping him in the move was his father, he said. Over the previous weekend, McNees said, he and his father explored the area, trying to spot some of the region's wilder inhabitants.

"We pretty much covered every corner of the county," he said.

The duo didn't have much luck with their search until they arrived back in Ketchum, McNees said.

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"There standing next to the Trail Creek Pub was a moose," he said with a laugh.

McNees replaces interim Blaine County Administrator Stan McNutt, who has helped the county transition from being without an administrator to run many of the day-to-day county affairs.

McNees will bring a more professional style of management to Blaine County government, McNutt said.

"I have every confidence," he said.

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