Douglas County manager critiqued
STATELINE – The Douglas County Commission on Thursday reviewed the performance of County Manager Dan Holler, with one commissioner calling for a vote of no confidence and the commission ultimately deciding to withhold a raise or bonus.
Before the 4-1 vote denying Holler a raise or bonus, the board critiqued the county manager’s performance over the past year during the meeting at Stateline.
Vice Chairman David Brady voted against the motion. He provided the most critical analysis of Holler’s performance, motioning for a vote of no confidence for county manager. The motion was not seconded by any other members.
Some of Brady’s criticisms of Holler included his inability to delegate to staff or encourage decision-making, tardiness on reacting to the budget and lack of moral leadership.
“Over the years, you’ve taken a caretaker role rather than being proactive or progressive,” Brady said.
All the commissioners agreed that Holler needs to delegate tasks more.
Commissioner James Baushke said Holler needs to assign more duties to staff but thought he provided great leadership.
“He’s one of the premier county managers in the country today,” Baushke said.
At the beginning of the evaluation, Holler ran through his list of accomplishments for the board.
Commissioner Kelly Kite said he didn’t agree with the entire list. “Some of the accomplishments you counted I didn’t count,” he said. He didn’t elaborate.
Commissioner Nancy McDermid said to help out the county manager, the board could come up with a list of goals for the year so he knows what to focus on.
“It’s hard to carry those out if no one knows what those are,” McDermid said.
When reviewing Holler’s qualifications for a raise or bonus, Kite said he had a hard time recommending him for one due to the state of the budget.
Chairman Doug Johnson agreed to keep the salary where it was at.
Holler also recommended keeping the manager’s salary steady so the county could save a potential $4,500.
The majority agreed to give Holler three additional paid vacation days off per year instead.