The search for a new La Crosse County Administrator will get underway soon. That is a good thing. Administrator Steve O’Malley plans to retire later this summer after 19 years on the job. He was the county’s first administrator, and the decision by the County Board to relinquish power to an unelected person was not without controversy. Some current members of the board suggest the county should no longer have an administrator position, and return to the days when supervisors and the county board chair were the ones in charge. That would be a mistake. Under O’Malley’s leadership, La Crosse County government has become more efficient. Taxes at the county level are among the lowest in the state, decreasing for each of the last five years, and the county has a solid bond rating. The county’s court system, including a veteran’s court and an OWI court, have become models statewide. O’Malley was instrumental in turning the Lakeview Nursing Home, which drained county resources for years, into a money maker. None of this would have happened without the experience of a full-time administrator. O’Malley has put La Crosse County on solid footing, and the county needs a new administrator to continue that work.