When Sibley County Administrator Roxy Traxler leaves her post this Friday, Sibley County will have an experienced leader and familiar face taking over.
John Glisczinski, who is currently employed as the county’s Public Health and Human Services director, was offered and accepted the position as county administrator at the end of March.
Glisczinski is a 1979 graduate of Belle Plaine High School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and financing from St. Cloud State University, along with a teaching certificate.
Unfortunately for Glisczinski, the demand for accounting and economic teachers was not very high when he graduated, so he shifted perspective and was hired as Le Sueur County’s fiscal supervisor, a position he held for 14 years.
When the opportunity arose to become Scott County’s Business Services manager, he took it and worked there for eight years, but the call to work in a rural community was strong, and in early 2017, he was hired as Sibley County’s Health and Human Services director.
“As a director, I have always strived to have my organization be an example for the rest of the state,” Glisczinski said. “I want to be that department that when other counties think about how they are going to solve a problem or initiate a program or write a new policy, they look at their neighbors and say, ‘Let’s talk to Sibley County.’ My goal is to make Sibley County the best it can be.”
Glisczinski said he is most excited for the opportunity to promote Sibley County and the culture change they are looking for with their employees.
“We have some great people here, and like I told the board in my interview, I like a little sizzle with my steak, and the promotion end of me is going to push to get some of the press and recognition that we need and really promote the county as a great place to live, work and play,” Glisczinski added.
As for some of the needs facing the county, Glisczinski said Sibley County needs more health care, dental and vision providers. Transportation is another gap and goes hand-in-hand with health care services.
“Because we don’t have a lot of local providers, people need to get to where the services are, and a lot of time that is difficult for people in need to get to Hutchinson, New Ulm, Eden Prairie, Chaska, Mankato — where those services are,” Glisczinski said.
In the meantime, the county is finishing up its remodel of the historic courthouse; focusing on finishing the communications tower in Arlington; and of course, pushing the legislature to help fix County Road 6 into Henderson which, along with Highways 19 and 93, is prone to flooding.