Milton announces three city administrator finalists

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Andrea Behling
Friday, August 1, 2014

MILTON—The city of Milton is set to interview three finalists Monday in its speedy quest to fill the soon-to-be-vacant city administrator position, Mayor Brett Frazier said.

The finalists—Brian Wilson, Alan Hulick and Judy Weter—could take the reins quickly in the rapid process administration has conducted to replace outgoing administrator, Jerry Schuetz, Frazier said.

The city will interview finalists in a special council meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, according to a city news release.

The three finalists came from a pool of 19 applicants narrowed down to seven who were interviewed earlier this week, Frazier said.

The finalists stood out because of their wide ranges of skill sets, Frazier said. This will suit them well because the city administrator has to be a “jack of all trades” within Milton’s lean administration team, he said.

“These three finalists really demonstrate that in different ways,” Frazier said.

Wilson is administrator for the town of Beloit, according to a city news release. He has also served as city administrator in Milan, Missouri, and has 18 years of municipal government experience, according to the release.

One thing that made Wilson stand out was his experience in disaster recovery, Frazier said. Wilson was the disaster recovery manager in 2006 and 2007 for the city of Caruthersville, Mo.

“One role as city administrator is to serve as the emergency response coordinator … Brian has great experience as a leader in tornado ally,” Frazier said.

Wilson has a Master of Science degree in administration from Southeast Missouri State University, according to the city news release.

Hulick is economic development coordinator for the city of Janesville. He has worked as a management analyst for the city of Janesville, and he holds a master’s degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University.

Hulick’s analytical skills are something that would serve him well in the role of city administrator, Frazier said.

“We’re always having to stretch dollars further,” he said.

Judy Weter previously served as administrator for the villages of Johnson Creek and East Troy, according to the release. She has more than 18 years of municipal management experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Upper Iowa University, according to the release.

Weter’s financial background is a skill set Frazier called “so critical” for a city administrator to have.

The three will go through formal interviews Monday, according to the release. The council then will adjourn into closed session to deliberate, Frazier said. The council hopes to come to a consensus and enter negotiations with the preferred candidate as soon as possible, he said.

The position’s salary was advertised in an $80,000 to $90,000 pay range, Frazier said, adding the city will discuss pay in negotiations.

The city is being mindful to do what it needs to get the right person in the spot, but it wants to make sure the city’s budget is kept in mind, Frazier said.

“Each candidate understands the limitations of our budget,” he said.

An announcement of the council’s selection will not be made until negotiations are held with the preferred candidate, Frazier said.

The last time the city had to choose a city administrator in 2010, the council was deadlocked, Frazier recalls. The council needs a 2/3 vote to select a preferred candidate, but Frazier hopes the council will be able to come to a quick consensus.

Once a candidate is hired, there will likely be a 30-day period for that person to give notice to his or her current employer.

This will leave a gap for the city of Milton between Schuetz’s last day, Aug. 5, and the new hire’s first day. City administration will divide the responsibilities previously held by Schuetz during that time to make sure “no balls get dropped,” Frazier said.

Frazier recognized the speedy nature the city has taken in this selection process. News broke on July 8 that Schuetz would resign to take a job with the Milton School District as communications supervisor, a new position.

A city administrator job description was posted from July 14-24, and interviews were conducted the following week.

“This process has gone quickly. There’s so much good coming down the pike for the city of Milton,” Frazier said. “It’s important for us not to skip a beat.”

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