Evansville's Wietecha seeks new challenge
EVANSVILLE Evansville City Administrator Dan Wietecha is ready for a new challenge.
He told the city council Tuesday night he plans to seek a new job in the coming year.
"I don't know exactly when or exactly where, but I am going to be looking," he told the Gazette.
He's led the city of about 5,000 for five years and said there's "no challenge to it" for him anymore.
"I don't feel like I'm growing in the position. It just gets to be frustrating," he said.
He said he hasn't yet applied anywhere—"I haven't even updated my resume"—but he wanted the council to hear his plans.
He said he's lived in the Midwest most of his life and can't imagine going too far.
Wietecha told the finance and labor relations committee about his plans during the 2012 budgeting process, and the committee added a nominal amount to the budget for an administrator search, council President Mason Braunschweig said.
Along with the potential for a new city administrator, Evansville also will have at least three new council members next year.
District 4 alderman Dennis Wessels resigned last month, and District 3 alderman Tony Wyse and District 4 alderman Todd Culbertson have filed papers to not seek re-election.
April's ballot will include a one-year term to fill the remainder of Wessels' position, and the council might appoint somebody to the position before the election, Wietecha said.
Mayor Sandy Decker and Braunschweig plan to seek re-election. Other positions up for election in April include a District 2 council seat held by Cheryl Fuchs and the municipal judge position held by Tom Alisankus.
Residents interested in running need to take out papers from City Hall, 31 S. Madison St., or the city's website ci.evansville.wi.gov. Papers are due back to city hall by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3.