City Administrator – City of New Holstein

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    Chris Swartz

    City of New Holstein, WI (Pop. 3,117)

    New Holstein is recruiting their next City Administrator. The Mayor and City Council are looking for a municipal leader who can take the organization and the community to the next level of excellence. The City of New Holstein is located in southeastern Calumet County, a short distance from Appleton, Green Bay, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, and Manitowoc. New Holstein is a picturesque community with a historic downtown. Established as a city in 1926, New Holstein has served as an agricultural services and manufacturing community with excellent rail and highway systems. The city also has its own airport that services the entire region. The City maintains its small-town appeal and high quality of life balancing growth; progress; economic opportunity; and a strong, engaged workforce. The area has been recognized for its livability and family-friendliness.

    Starting salary range is $95,000-$115,000 DOQ plus excellent benefits.

    The New Holstein City Administrator is the chief administrative officer of the municipal government and is responsible for the day-to-day management of city services. The City Administrator also holds the titles of City Clerk and City Treasurer and oversees the municipal airport. The Administration Department includes a full-time Deputy Clerk/Deputy Treasurer and part-time Administrative Assistant. The City Administrator is appointed by the eight-member Common Council and reports directly to both the Mayor and Common Council who are elected on a non-partisan basis.

    City services include police, fire and rescue, public works, library, community activities and services, parks and forestry, and administrative services. The City’s utilities, including water, wastewater, and stormwater, are managed by New Holstein Utilities. The City Administrator leads economic and community development efforts, including maintaining a close working relationship with the City’s business community. Future economic development initiatives will include creation of redevelopment programs and focus on transformation of a 40-acre former manufacturing site into a mixed use development.

    The position will manage a total annual 2023 budget of $4.8 million, including General Fund of $2.7 million, Capital Fund of $664,286, Debt Service Fund of $609,268, Library Fund of $267,979, COPS Fund of $89,776, and TID Funds of $474,734. The unassigned fund balance in the General Fund, as of December 31, 2021, is 32 percent or $1,033,371.

    The City Administrator oversees 18 full-time positions, plus another 50 part-time and seasonal positions which include the paid on-call volunteer fire department and aquatic center employees.

    The position requires a Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration or related field; Master’s degree preferred. A minimum of three years progressively responsible administrative and leadership experience in a municipal organization is also required. Consideration of candidates with private sector state or federal government or military experience will be made if the candidate can demonstrate accomplishments that relate to required skills.

    The successful candidate must demonstrate a verifiable record of past accomplishments in the following areas: financial and budget management, grant writing, intergovernmental relations, and economic development including redevelopment. Exceptional communication skills are also desired. The ideal candidate should also be an innovator, team builder, and a leader in addressing community issues. The next City Administrator must have above-average emotional intelligence and listening skills as well as a collaborative style in carrying out governing body policies.

    For more information, visit the City of New Holstein website.

    Send cover letter, resume, references, and salary history in a single PDF to with email subject: City of New Holstein, WI by May 1, 2023 or until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Darrell Hofland, Public Administration Associates, LLC, at (920) 627-4538. Interviews for qualified candidates may occur anytime during the recruitment period.

    Confidentiality must be requested by the applicant and cannot be guaranteed for finalists.

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