Whitewater city manager resigning post July 20
The Walworth County Board confirmed Brunner's appointment Thursday during a special meeting. With 10 of the 11 supervisors present, the appointment by County Administrator Dave Bretl was confirmed on a unanimous vote.
Brunner has contemplated career moves in the past. He was one of five finalists for the Janesville city manager position in 2008. He also was one of five finalists for Fond du Lac city manager earlier this month.
One day before his scheduled interview in Fond du Lac, Brunner withdrew his name from consideration and notified Whitewater City Council members he would take the job with Walworth County, if confirmed.
As director of central services, Brunner's annual salary is set at $110,000, according to his employment contract. He will receive four weeks paid vacation and has waived the county's group health insurance coverage. He will use his own vehicle for business-related travel.
A key factor in his decision to drop out of the running in Fond du Lac and take a job with Walworth County was location, Brunner said.
"I'm looking forward to a great opportunity, and I won't have to move," Brunner said.
His decision to leave Whitewater was based on goals, he said.
"The opportunity to work for Walworth County in this capacity will allow me to better meet some of my personal and professional goals in the future," Brunner said. "The good news is that my family and I intend on staying here in Whitewater for the immediate future and will continue our community involvement."
During his 32 years in local government management, Brunner has served as assistant to the mayor of Appleton and assistant to the Kenosha County administrator. He was the recipient of the city administrator of the year award in 2007 from the Wisconsin City Manager Association.
Brunner has a bachelor's degree from Carthage College in Kenosha and a master's in public administration from Michigan State University.