Finance Director Dodge County, WI

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    Chris Swartz
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    Dodge County, WI (Population 89,396) seeks an experienced professional to lead its finance department and provide oversight and leadership of County finances. Located in southeast Wisconsin, Dodge County offers the best of both worlds; a small-town quality of life within a one-hour drive of the metropolitan areas of Milwaukee, Madison and the Fox Cities. Dodge County’s many peaceful communities offer a variety of housing options, quality schools, growing businesses and job opportunities. The County boasts year-round recreational activities including boating and fishing on its many lakes and rivers. Thousands of acres of parks and public land are available for hiking, skiing and hunting with trails for biking, snowmobiling and ATV’s. The county is home to the 32,000-acre Horicon Marsh, the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the country. Learn more about Dodge County by visiting its website at http://www.co.dodge.wi.gov.

    The salary range for the position is $116,022 to $130,000 DOQ, plus excellent benefits. Dodge County is fiscally sound, with low debt and healthy reserves. The County provides a diverse range of programs in areas including public safety, human services, health, and highway maintenance. The County owns an airport and operates a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility. A $168.5M total annual (expense) budget supports 678.5 full-time equivalent employees. The Finance Director is appointed by and reports to the County Administrator. The Director serves as staff advisor to the County Administrator as well as to the 33-member County Board and to all departments on financial matters for the County.

    Requires a Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting or public or business administration or a related field. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or completion of the Certified Public Finance Officers Program of the GFAO is preferred. A minimum of five years of progressively responsible government accounting or finance experience is required. An equivalent combination of education and experience which provides necessary knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

    The successful candidate must possess exceptional budgeting and planning skills to ensure that the County can continue to provide superior services to its citizens in light of strict statutory levy limits. A thorough knowledge of financial reporting regulations and a proven track record of maintaining complex central financial accounting systems is critical. The Finance Director will lead a six-person finance department and should be an approachable teambuilder who possesses open and positive communication skills and has a collaborative leadership style.

    Email cover letter, résumé, five professional references and salary history as a single PDF to Dave Bretl, Public Administration Associates, LLC at nhill.paa@gmail.com. Include Dodge County, WI Finance Director Search in the subject line. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Mr. Bretl at (414) 350-3328. The deadline for applications is May 25, 2022.

    Confidentiality must be requested by applicant but cannot be provided for those candidates who are selected as finalists.

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