Marathon County seeking new social services, solid waste directors 

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Meleesa Johnson (left) and Vicki Tylka

Marathon County officials are searching for a new social services director after its last one left for North Central Health Care; and a new head of solid waste after its director retired. 

Director Vicky Tylka last last month to work at NCHC as the managing director of community programs after working for the county for 30 years. Tylka was one of a number of department heads to move on as of late, Leonhard says. 

Leonhard says the recruitment process has started and the county hopes to start interviewing candidates by February. 

Meanwhile, the county named Krista Jenson as interim director while the search continues. 

And Meleesa Johnson retired recently as director of Solid Waste. Johnson currently lives in Stevens Point and is the city council president there. She announced recently that she will be running for mayor against current Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza.

More Marathon County departures

Last month Marathon County Administrator Lance Leonhard mentioned the two departures, along with Sheriff Scott Parks who retired and didn’t seek another term in office.

Chad Billeb, who had served as chief deputy, ran and was elected in November as the next sheriff. Billeb named William Millhausen as the county’s next chief deputy.

Terry Kaiser, the director of facilities for the county, also left recently.

“[Our employees]” our are most valuable asset,” Leonhard said last month.