Contract for new Rock County administrator approved

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

JANESVILLE—The new Rock County administrator will receive a base salary of $127,500, if the county board approves.

Rock County Board Staff Committee voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of the terms of Joshua Smith's employment agreement. The contract still has to be approved by the full county board.

Smith, 41, Waunakee, was chosen for the post on May 27. He works as a special assistant to the state auditor for the legislative audit bureau, a post he has held since 2011. He starts as county administrator July 14. 

Under the terms of his contract, Smith will receive:

-- A salary of $127,500.

-- A payment of $4,000 annually to a deferred compensation plan of his choice.

-- A $2,000 expense allowance and a $6,0000 vehicle allowance each year.

-- Up to $6,000 in moving expense if he moves into the county before Aug. 31, 2015, or up to $3,000 if he moves before Aug. 31, 2016. Smith is not required, only “encouraged,” to move to Rock County.

At Tuesday's meeting, Human Resources Director Dave O'Connell indicated that Smith was in the process of putting his home on the market.

-- Ten days of vacation for the remainder of 2014. On Jan. 1, he will receive an additional 15 days. On his employment anniversary date, he will receive 25 days.

Smith also will be eligible for county health insurance. How much he pays and how much the county pays for the insurance depends upon the plan he picks.

Smith's salary with deferred compensation comes to $131,500. Current County Administrator Craig Knutson base salary with deferred compensation comes to $146,000

Smith served as Knutson's assistant from 2005 to 2010.

Smith holds a master's degree in public policy from American University in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor's degree in communication/news with a minor in political science from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

The other two finalists for the administrative position were Jo Ann Miller, administrative coordinator for Pierce County, and Mark Mader, chief of staff for the Waukesha County Board.

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