2017-06-15 / Front Page

Administrator Janik may set a record

Tenure could be longest
By Eric Carlson
Of The Enterprise staff

Leelanau County Administrator Chet Janik this week received a glowing performance appraisal from his bosses, a pay raise, and an offer to renew his contract for another three years.

If he stays on the job until the contract concludes, Janik will become the county’s longest-serving administrator. The position was created in 1985.

With almost no discussion, Janik’s bosses, members of the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners, presented him with an “appraisal report” of his job performance that graded him at 4.7 overall out of a possible five points.

Janik’s work drew praise from both sides of the aisle.

“Chet Janik is a problem-solver,” said Will Bunek, the District No. 3 County Commissioner and County Board Chairman who is known for his conservative views. “He doesn’t go looking for problems, but sees them clearly before they become serious problems ... He is a forward thinker.”


CHET JANIK, Leelanau County Administrator, received high marks, a pay raise, and a contract renewal offer from the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners this week. CHET JANIK, Leelanau County Administrator, received high marks, a pay raise, and a contract renewal offer from the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners this week. Ty Wessell, Democratic commissioner representing District No. 4 covering mostly Leelanau Township, concurred.

“Our county administrator is exceptional. His overall score is an indication that all county administrators feel the same way I do. Personally, I gave him all 5s. I feel we are fortunate to have him,” Wessell said after the meeting.

Janik was offered a contract extension that would keep him on the job until June 30, 2020, and raise his salary to $82,275 per year. The last contract Janik signed, in 2015, put his salary at $79,081 which included a two-percent pay raise commensurate with raises the county’s unionized employees received under contract that year.

Janik was hired as Leelanau County Administrator on Feb. 21, 2012 at an annual salary of $73,600. He had just stepped down from a decades-long career in public education, serving as an administrator at Northwestern Michigan College, as superintendent of Buckley Public Schools, and finally as superintendent of Charlevoix Public Schools.

Janik is a nearly life-long resident of Leelanau County, having immigrated to Cedar from Poland at the age of five with his family. He holds a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University.

All seven County Commissioners were asked to fill in a form and appraise Janik’s job performance on 10 different dimensions. Janik received the maximum score of five for “public relations” and “professional presentation.”

Next highest was “initiative/commitment” at 4.92 points, “technical knowledge” at 4.83 points, and “productivity” at 4.75 points. He received a grade of 4.67 points in “leadership, and grades of 4.58 in “administration” and “planning/organizing.”

His lowest scores were in “problem solving/judgment” at 4.42 points, and “adaptability to change” at 4.25 points.

Although the performance appraisal form contained space for “specific suggestions to improve performance,” none were recorded on a summary released to the public.

“Chet keeps me well informed and out of trouble,” Bunek said. “I appreciate what he’s doing.”

Terms of a six-page “Employment Agreement” that Janik and Bunek both said they plan to sign next week appear to be nearly identical to the contract in force since 2015. In addition to his annual salary, Janik receives a $300 monthly vehicle allowance and 25 paid vacation days per year.

At its regular monthly executive meeting Tuesday morning, the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners voted 7-0 to present Janik with the performance appraisal and recommend that his contract be signed following final board action next Tuesday evening.

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