Milton city clerk to step down, take on similar role in Fort Atkinson

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Andrea Behling
Friday, August 29, 2014

MILTON--After working for the city of Milton for more than a decade, Michelle Ebbert will step down as city clerk to take on a similar role in Fort Atkinson.

Ebbert on Thursday accepted a position as Fort Atkinson's city clerk and treasurer.

Ebbert thought the job would be a good opportunity for her and her family, she said.

“It took a lot of consideration to submit my resume because I didn't want to think about leaving Milton,” she said.

Ebbert has been city clerk since 2012. She served as Milton's deputy clerk and treasurer from 2006 to 2012. Before that, she was an administrative assistant from 2002 to 2006.

Ebbert was born and raised in Milton and moved to Fort Atkinson in 2006.

Ebbert's starting salary in the Fort Atkinson position was set at $65,193 a year, said Matt Trebatoski, Fort Atkinson city manager and clerk.

“She definitely had the all-around background we were looking for,” Trebatoski said.

As Milton's city clerk, Ebbert's annual compensation was $49,000, Mayor Brett Frazier has said.

Frazier called this a great opportunity for Ebbert in a position with “double the duties and a salary that's higher than we would be able to match,” he said.

Ebbert's start date with Fort Atkinson is Sept. 15.

The process has begun to fill the soon-to-be vacancy, Frazier said.

Frazier and Ebbert have been talking about what she considers are critical traits for the position, Frazier said.

The city council for the past few months has discussed city clerk responsibilities and “opportunities for career growth,” Frazier has said.

The item was tabled at the city's last meeting, but discussion on a recruitment plan and possibly a new compensation range will take place at Milton's next meeting Tuesday, Aug. 2.

The city has had a few inquiries about the position already, Frazier said.

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