Milton nears approval of Hulick as new city administrator
MILTON—Ink hasn't hit paper for the new Milton city administrator's contract, but Alan Hulick is all but hired with only a few “little things” left to be negotiated, Mayor Brett Frazier said.
Frazier started employment talks with Hulick on Aug. 19. Approval of his contract will go to Milton City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 2.
Hulick's position as Janesville economic development coordinator was posted under "job opportunities" on the city of Janesville's website a day after Hulick entered contract negotiations with Milton.
“Our understanding is that Al will most likely be accepting this position. If we wait until it's official, we've lost a couple weeks. We want to make the transition to a new coordinator as smooth as possible,” said Maggie Hrdlicka, Janesville management information specialist.
Most of negotiations with Hulick have been through email exchanges, Frazier said. The administrator contract traditionally has been simple, with 20 or so clauses, Frazier said.
“Each point we want to make sure we have the wording just right,” Frazier said.
The city and Hulick are “95 percent on the same page,” Frazier said.
The Gazette was not able to reach Hulick for comment Thursday.
Frazier said a few things still need to be agreed upon, and the city will send Hulick more information via email before Tuesday's council meeting.
Hulick has been a hard negotiator during the process, but the city has been equally as hard, Frazier said.
The remaining 5 percent of the contract still to be finalized is not regarding compensation, Frazier said. He would not indicate what was left to be negotiated.
Frazier said he has “every confidence” a contract will be presented to the council Tuesday.
When the city filled the administrator position in 2010, it went with its second choice, Jerry Schuetz, who at the time was Milton police chief. The city's preferred candidate withdrew from negotiations because he couldn't reach an agreement with the city over the timeline by which he'd be required to establish residency in Milton.
If the city council approves the contract with Hulick, he would start working for Milton within two or three weeks.
Milton's city administrator position was left vacant when Schuetz resigned in July to accept a position with the Milton School District as communications supervisor.
The last round of finalists for the city administrator position included Hulick and town of Beloit administrator Brian Wilson. In an email to Frazier on Aug. 8, Wilson withdrew his application, saying he felt leaving his post would be “giving up on the town of Beloit, and I do really see potential here for greatness.”