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Pat Melvin takes leave of county after 9 years

Pat Melvin worked his last day as the McLeod County administrator on Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Melvin, who has worked for the county for nearly nine years will become the city of Arlington’s new administrator next week.
Melvin came to McLeod County in November 2008, after about 10 years working at neighboring Wright County. But his first public administration job was with a city, so he feels he is coming full circle.
“Speaking as me — Pat Melvin — I kind of get to that 10-year mark and start thinking about new experiences,” said Melvin. “ Life is about having a variety of experiences, learning new things and being willing to change. I’m looking forward to new scenery.”
Melvin said he also thinks his career shift will be beneficial to the county.
“After several years, a person may lose their edge and not be as accepting to change as they should be,” said Melvin.
Melvin said he feels much has been accomplished in his tenure, most notably the reclassification of jobs and the ensuing market study.
Melvin said he had heard about the need for the reclassification and market studies from almost the first year of his employment with the county.
Now that those have been completed, he said, the county is “in the mindset of looking at structure to achieve some efficiencies. That’s one of the biggest challenges of county government, which can get somewhat antiquated and change doesn’t happen often.”
For more about Pat Melvin's tenure as county administrator, see the Nov. 1 print edition of The Chronicle.