Milton city clerk resigns post
The announcement came out in an amended city council agenda Tuesday. Officials said Zastrow, who has been the city's clerk for 12 years, issued the city a letter of resignation last week.
Zastrow's resignation came on the heels of a city council meeting last week during which the council in closed session discussed compensation for the city clerk's position, officials said.
City Administrator Jerry Schuetz did not give specifics of the discussion, but he said the city was aware last week Zastrow had a provisional job offer from the village of Pewaukee in Waukesha County. The village has a population of 8,000 and is surrounded by the city of Pewaukee, which has 11,000 residents.
"It's a job upgrade for her," Mayor Tom Chesmore said. "You get a chance to upgrade your position, and you take it."
Chesmore said Zastrow "works from sunup to sundown," and the city recognizes that.
"Her experience is going to be missed. She'll be missed for sure, but we're not missing a beat," he said.
The Gazette was not able to reach Zastrow for comment Tuesday.
Chesmore said the city council likely would appoint Deputy City Clerk Michelle Ebbert to fill the clerk position in the interim. Ebbert has been the deputy clerk for 10 years and is certified as a municipal clerk, officials said.
Schuetz would not confirm the mayor's statements, but he said the council would discuss a single candidate for appointment as interim clerk at a meeting tonight. He said the council also must decide whether to permanently fill the position with an internal appointment or establish a search for a new clerk.
The council restructured the clerk-treasurer position earlier this year, splitting duties into two positions, clerk and treasurer, and appointing Finance Manager Connie DeKemper as city treasurer.
Chesmore said the move was a way to "streamline the organization," but he indicated the city did not propose a pay cut for Zastrow following the move.
The restructuring came in the weeks following an accounting error by city staff that resulted in the city overtaxing residents to the tune of $68,000.
No one was sanctioned for the mistake, but Zastrow, city staff and the mayor took shared responsibility. The city has since put the extra tax money in a segregated account. Schuetz said there has been no lingering duress among staff over the mistake.
Village of Pewaukee Manager Scott Gosse said the Pewaukee Village Board approved Zastrow's hire Monday afternoon, and Zastrow will start work as clerk there Monday, July 9. Gosse said Zastrow is replacing the current village clerk, who is retiring.
"We look forward to her becoming part of our team. She comes well recommended," Gosse said.