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Milton to interview city administrator finalists this week

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NEIL W. JOHNSON
September 29, 2010
— Four finalists from as near as Clinton and as far as Wyoming will compete in interviews Thursday and Friday to be the next Milton city administrator.

The two-day process will include interviews by the city council, a tour of the city and an independent assessment of the candidates by city management staff, said city council member David Adams.


Former City Administrator Todd Schmidt said the council could offer the job to one of the finalists as early as Friday.


The council selected the finalists from a pool of 29 applicants Sept. 20. The position opened after Schmidt in August took a job as village administrator at Waunakee.


Schmidt is working as an independent contractor to help Milton recruit and hire his replacement. Officials earlier said the move would save the city thousands of dollars.


Last week, the council decided to push the hiring process a few weeks ahead of a schedule Schmidt had given the media in August. Officials said city staff and the council are eager to move forward with workshops on the city’s budget and want to get a new administrator in place soon.


Adams says he believes officials had long enough to mull applications and narrow the list of candidates.


“This was well organized by Todd (Schmidt),” Adams said. “Everybody’s had plenty of time and discussion on all of these candidates, and I don’t think the number of people we have to interview is too large.”


Originally a five-man race, the field for the city’s next administrator narrowed by one.


Finalist Steven Marshall, a deputy village manager for Chicago, Ill., suburb Bensenville from 2007 to 2009, withdrew his application this week, Schmidt said.


Schmidt said Marshall didn’t give a reason for withdrawing from the interviews.


Here are the remaining four candidates:


-- Peter Meyers, administrative analyst since 2004 for Casper, Wyo., population 53,000. He has a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. His resume says he has done data analysis, project management, stimulus fund management and has served as acting city manager at Casper.


Cover letter quote: “I am still very happy in Casper, but I am now looking to take the next step in my career. Milton seems like a nice town, and I think my family would enjoy moving back to the Midwest.”


-- Philip Rath, village administrator/clerk since 2007 for the village of Clinton, population 3,200. He has a master’s degree from UW-Oshkosh. His resume says he’s redesigned and maintained village web and social networking pages, written newspaper columns and advocated for zoning changes to spur development.


Cover letter quote: “I feel an effective administrator needs to be visible in the community. … I believe strongly in the importance of individuals actively participating in their community.”


-- Jerry Schuetz, Milton police chief since 2008. Milton has a population of 5,600. Schuetz has a master’s degree from UW-Oshkosh. His resume says he has worked with budget development and oversight, policy, and has supervised a staff of 20 while working with the city council and city department heads.


Cover letter quote:


“Perhaps more important


than any of these (my) qualifications is my sincere desire


to work with our elected and appointed officials as well as our dedicated staff of employees.”


-- Jesse Thyes, assistant village manager since 2005 for the village of Brown Deer, population 12,000. He has a master’s degree from Concordia University. His resume says he has created commercial TIF districts and drafted and supervised department and capital projects.


Cover letter quote:


“My work experience has taken me from unincorporated areas of Dodge County to a northern suburb of Milwaukee County. … Through it all, I have developed extensive knowledge of local laws and regulations and cultivated relationships with other municipal administrators and professional groups.”



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