Veterans manager tears into Anoka County Board

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 15, 2012 - 9:45 PM

Lack of leadership and failure to communicate are cited in e-mail.

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jarlmnMar. 15, 1210:39 PM

Buncha undisciplined civilian pukes, eh SMSgt. Lister? Makes ya wonder why ya ever enlisted to serve your country so such ingrates could prosper.

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USAFCOP25Mar. 15, 1211:08 PM

20 some odd years in the military does not count for anything anymore. All this lip service about hiring veterans, does not mean a thing. Why, AFTER she resigns do you praise her? Is it because she acted like a SNCO should and pointed out where her superiors are weak? It is unfortunate that someone of this caliber is leaving my home county. But, let's hope the next one get's the communication and support they deserve. HUA SENIOR!!!

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BallFourMar. 15, 1211:33 PM

Looks like another black eye for Anoka. In the past few months, no news is good news for Anoka.

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crashnthenetMar. 16, 1212:00 AM

Allison is my veterans service representative and I can say first hand that she was a tremendous help in submitting my disability claim paperwork after retirement from the Army. Unmatched knowledge and professionalism. I wish you well in your future endeavors, Allison!

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rshacklefordMar. 16, 12 4:25 AM

To Allison Lister: "If there were problems -- and she says her office has received no complaints in her two years as director -- she wondered why she wasn't made aware of them. Only two commissioners have set foot in her office, she said. Why, she wondered, would her office be singled out by the board?" ---- You must demand information from Melanie Ault, Director of HR, who is completely aware of and always follows political agendas to the LETTER (ie from the commissioners with power). Put her feet to the fire and you will get honest directives that she was given by commissioners. Kordiak may not be Management Committee chair in name any longer but he still is (if you know what I mean). "Robyn West, the board's vice chairwoman, said county managers "might find it intimidating" having commissioners visit their offices." ---- I completely disagree with West here as directors actually enjoy the one-on-one conversations. Just ask Dick Lang who oddly decided to comment for this article. "Novak's tenure with the county ends in September. The departments he has overseen -- including veterans services -- are being dealt to other supervisors." ---- Ahhhh, good 'ol Novak. Nothing to work on as directed by buddy Erhart because Erhart has nothing to work on himself. The Vikings stadium, Coon Rapids Dam, and Northstar screw-ups should have ended both Erhart's and Novak's careers MUCH earlier (and saved around a million in salary). Stay in the fight Allison. You can easily win this.

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mred58Mar. 16, 12 7:26 AM

anoka county was good at giving you the round robin.nothing wrong there

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justafactMar. 16, 12 7:32 AM

maybe before you accept a job you see what others are being paid in comparable positions. She has no room to complain after she is hired.

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justafactMar. 16, 12 7:33 AM

"20 some odd years in the military does not count for anything anymore". Just because you did time in the military does not mean you have any competency to run anything.

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bldgmaintMar. 16, 12 7:48 AM

this is normal sop for this commissioner group. they praise themselves for supposedly saving the county residents money, but it is really about the power they weld and how they can control the various staff in the county. Have you gone through the county offices lately. looks like they can't pay their bills with so many lights off. (money savings according to maintenance) this is a really bad play to work, the board is just about cutting salaries and benefits and hiring only the lowest of the prospects for positions. You get what you pay for when you are the lowest paid county in the 11 county metro area. ( by lowest, I'm saying by better than 15%) No wander other counties have unions.

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winsongsMar. 16, 12 7:52 AM

Why didn't she research what other Counties were paying before taking the job . $12,000 is a huge difference.

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