City of Milton enters employment talks for city administrator, finance director

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Andrea Behling
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MILTON—The Milton City Council decided to enter into negotiations with candidates for the city's vacant city administrator position and the finance and treasurer position after more than three hours in closed session Tuesday night.

The city will open employment negotiations with Dan Nelson for the finance and treasurer position and Alan Hulick for the city administrator position.

“Both positions are so important to the city that the council took their time and was very thorough in making sure that there was a very high comfort in selecting the people we have to negotiate employment agreements,” Mayor Brett Frazier said.

Nelson is Milton's interim treasurer and has previous experience as the city's accounting and finance manager from 2009 to 2011.

The council has essentially established the terms for the finance and treasurer position, Frazier said. That position is appointed by the mayor and confirmed by a majority vote of the council.

“The finance position is more or less signed, sealed, delivered,” Frazier said.

Filling the position, which has been vacant since former finance director Connie DeKemper resigned at the end of February, keeps the city on pace for the budget, Frazier said.

Hulick is the economic development coordinator for the city of Janesville.

Entering negotiations for the city administrator position doesn't quite make the hiring a done deal yet, Frazier indicated.

The city administrator position is governed by its own employee contract, so the council still must authorize that contract once it has been negotiated.

The process of officially hiring a city administrator is “absolutely not” over yet, Frazier said. The last time Milton entered negotiations with a preferred candidate for administrator in 2010, things fell through and negotiations didn't lead to a new administrator, Frazier recalled.

The council Tuesday also OK'd the addition of a question on the November ballot to update the current job descriptions for city administrator and the finance and treasurer position. The change, which would update the charter ordinance, would add economic development to the city administrator job description and the title of finance director would move from the city administrator to the treasurer position.

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