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Caren Mikesh, Fargo, letter: Furness excellent choice to lead WSI

I was pleased to see that the WSI board of directors made the right decision in hiring Bruce Furness as the interim CEO for the agency. The recommendation from the independent consultant called for an individual "who is familiar with the culture ...

I was pleased to see that the WSI board of directors made the right decision in hiring Bruce Furness as the interim CEO for the agency.

The recommendation from the independent consultant called for an individual "who is familiar with the culture and institutions of the state of North Dakota and who has demonstrated public or private sector management and leadership skill and political sensitivity." We have that in Furness.

Furness is a respected, trusted and fair resident of North Dakota who has been extremely successful in leading both public and private institutions throughout his career. As a former mayor of Fargo, he has experience in the public sector. During that time, Furness was successful in solving communication problems between staff and upper management and among various departments - problems that are similar to those WSI is experiencing today. He can effectively use that experience to restore trust among the management and staff, which is very much needed within the agency.

Furness also has extensive management experience in the private sector through his work as a former manager at IBM and as vice president at State Bank and Trust in Fargo. This experience will aid in the overall management of day-to-day business at WSI and help to get the agency's budgets back in order.

Most importantly, Furness understands North Dakota and its people. This will be important as he works to restore trust and public perception not only within the agency, but outside the agency as well. We certainly offer our support for Furness and must also offer our thanks to Gov. John Hoeven for recommending such a great candidate for the job. We are confident that Furness will get the agency back on track.

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