Columbus City Administrator – Columbus, WI

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    Chris Swartz

    Columbus, WI (Population 5,540)

    The City of Columbus is seeking a dynamic and energetic local government professional to serve as its next city administrator (the last administrator returned to her former employer after serving only a few months) . Located thirty minutes northeast of Wisconsin’s capital city of Madison, Columbus is a historic yet growing and progressive community that combines the best of small town living with the amenities of a large nearby metropolitan area. Located on the banks of the Crawfish River, Columbus is a regional market center with a vibrant downtown and commercial districts.

    Columbus is a full-service municipality and prides itself on being a great community to live, work, play and learn in. Salary $120,000-$135,000 DOQ plus excellent benefits. Mayor and six City Council Members elected on a non-partisan basis. $21.9M (total budget all funds including Electric and Water Utilities and 3 TID’s), 40 FT and approximately 150+PT and seasonal employees (includes fire, library, aquatics, recreation and public works). Future opportunities for next administrator will include economic development, downtown redevelopment, organizational change, implementation of Columbus Roadmap 2050 (Long-Term Strategic Plan), empowerment of city employees and implementation of an aggressive CIP to address aging infrastructure needs.

    Require Bachelor’s degree in public administration or related field; prefer Master’s Degree with at least 5 years progressive municipal management experience. Residency is encouraged but not required. Desire a strong background in municipal finance/budget development (including TIF experience); housing and community development, organizational development and grant writing/administration. The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of professional integrity; open and positive communication skills; be a team builder; a leader in addressing community issues and problems and be a visionary who has been successful in helping small communities thrive and grow. Visit the community website at

    Send cover letter, resume, salary history and five work-related references to Public Administration Associates, LLC, Attn: Kevin Brunner, President; 1155 W. South Street Whitewater WI 53190; e-mail ; phone 262-903-9509, by February 16, 2024. Confidentiality must be requested by applicant and cannot be guaranteed for finalists.

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