Village of DeForest – Village Administrator

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    Chris Swartz
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    The Village of DeForest is seeking a dynamic and personable leader to be its next Village Administrator. The current Village Administrator is retiring after 19 years of service to the community. DeForest is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Wisconsin that is located just a ten-minute drive north of Madison, Wisconsin’s capital city. DeForest is a welcoming and inclusive place that is very proud of its outstanding schools, safe neighborhoods, great parks and open spaces as well as recreational facilities. DeForest is a full-service community that prides itself on being a great place to live, work, play, learn and visit as well as providing high quality municipal services. Among the Village’s core values are Communicate Clearly; See the Good in Others; Genuinely Care for Everyone; Take Responsibility to Build Trust and Have Fun!

    Starting salary range $120K-$140K DOQ plus excellent benefits. Village President and Six Village Trustees are elected for two-year terms on a non-partisan basis. $28.1M 2021 total budget including General, Special Revenue, Capital Projects, Debt Service and Enterprise Funds. Eight operating TIDs. 70FT and 60+PT/ seasonal employees.

    You would be challenged here in DeForest. DeForest is rapidly growing and managing that growth is a unique challenge that requires balancing residential, commercial, and industrial development with maintaining the amenities that make DeForest a wonderful place to live, work, and play. DeForest also has changing community demographics and related housing, workforce, transportation, and service needs. Growing the local workforce, meeting housing and service needs for a growing number of seniors, continuing to build family-friendly amenities, and attracting more shops and services are all community priorities.

    Prefer Bachelor’s Degree in public or business administration or related field; prefer progressively responsible administrative and leadership experience in a municipal organization(s). ICMA-CM certification a plus. Consideration of candidates with private sector or military experience will be made if they can demonstrate accomplishments that directly relate to skills required. Residency in the Village is strongly encouraged. Desire experience in budget development and management; organizational change and development; capital improvement planning/project management; economic development and intergovernmental relations. The successful candidate should possess a high level of both professional and personal integrity; a collaborative style in carrying out governing body policies; be an innovative leader and out of the box thinker; have a strong commitment to public service; be a team builder and leader in addressing community issues and have the ability to understand and appreciate the Village’s history and values. For more information, visit the community website at http://www.vi.deforest.wi.us .

    Send cover letter, resume, salary history and references (one PDF) to Public Administration Associates, LLC, Attn: Kevin Brunner, President; 1155 W. South Street Whitewater WI 53190; e-mail [email protected]; phone 262-903-9509 by November 12, 2021.

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

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