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Town of Beloit administrator resigns post

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Catherine W. Idzerda
July 13, 2011
— It's been a trying year for the town of Beloit and its officials.

In January, an online video showed town police Chief John Wilson admitting he used the "n" word at work. He resigned shortly afterwards.


In May, a jury found seven town officials liable in a federal employee rights and discrimination case.


And Monday, Town Administrator Bob Museus resigned after a closed session meeting of the town board.


The board and Museus agreed to a separation agreement, board Chairman Rob Pavlik said. The agreement gives Museus three months of pay and time that he's earned. Those were the terms spelled out in Museus' original contract with the town, Pavlik said.


The board decision was unanimous, Pavlik said.


"We disagreed on how the town should have been run," Pavlik said. "A lot of people within the town disagreed with the way it was being run."


Pavlik, who was recently re-elected to the board, said there had been tension between the board and Museus for some time.


Museus was a finalist for a job in Florida earlier this year, Museus said previously. He was open with the board about looking for another job, Pavlik said.


The board is sending requests for proposals to consultants specializing in employment searches, Pavlik said.


Pavlik said he doesn't know if the board will change the administrator's job description.


"That's something we'll have to talk with the consultants about," Pavlik said.


It's also unclear when the new administrator will be in place.


"I don't want to set any unrealistic expectations," Pavlik said. "We want to move as quickly as possible, but we want to get the right person in there."



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