Madison County Commissioners Address Concerns About Norfolk’s Administrative Restructuring

MADISON — Madison County Commissioners are looking forward to working with Norfolk’s new city administration.

On Tuesday morning, commissioners met with Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning, City Administrator Andy Colvin, and Economic Development Coordinator Candace Bossard to discuss Colvin working as both administrator and economic development director. Commissioner Ron Schmidt said they wanted reassurance this would be beneficial for the city and county.

“I really wanted to take and have an assurance that the job was a full-time job, and now Andy has become the City Administrator. Will he be able to take and effectively do economic development for the city of Norfolk, but also for the whole county, and also be City Administrator? So that was our concern.”

At the meeting, Moenning mentioned Colvin will have a six-month evaluation period to ensure the work load is doable. Schmidt said he felt much more comfortable after talking through this plan.

“The assurance today was, is not a wait and see, but we’re going to take and go with it this way. If it works, and works good, we’ll keep it going that way, or if it’s too much, then we’ll have to look at adding new people.”

Moenning said he believes Colvin working in both positions will be positive for the community.

“If anything, I think these will only enhance our area economic development efforts, and that we have a very skilled economic development professional as our city administrator now who will be sitting at the table seeing everything that comes into the city and the area through a lens of economic growth and long-term planning.”

Both the commissioners and Norfolk city administrators say they are looking forward to continuing their great working relationship.

“I think it will continue to be strong. We both were appreciative of the effort and contributions that were made towards the joint partnership we have in economic development.”

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