DIXON – Calling all public administrators.
The city of Dixon posted its advertisement for the new city administrator position on 11 websites across the Midwest, said Police Chief Danny Langloss, also special assistant to the City Council.
According to the ad, a master’s degree in public administration or a related field is required, along with 5 years of professional experience with a city or county, including supervisory experience in operations, management, personnel and finance.
The city is looking for a candidate who “exhibits a community service mindset with exceptional communication skills, strong ethics and integrity, a high level of professionalism, and established success in economic development.”
The starting salary is between $90,000 and $110,000 with excellent benefits, the ad says.
The deadline to respond is Sept. 9.
In the meantime, Langloss is working on a proposal regarding the selection process. He plans to talk about it at the Aug. 19 council meeting.
Parking lot progress
Construction started Monday at the Beanblossom parking lot.
Portions of the lot between River Street and Commercial Alley will be closed this week and next, as city crews remove the island and sidewalks. The goal is to resurface the lot with blacktop sometime in early September, Langloss said.
Crews will upgrade the electrical network and running water to a central location to accommodate future concerts and other events. Lighting similar to Heritage Crossing will be installed.
Study on downtown groups coming to a close
A committee looking into a consolidation of services of Dixon Tourism, Main Street and the Riverfront has finished its research and is compiling a report with recommendations it hopes to present to the council as early as the Sept. 3 meeting, Langloss said.
There will be no recommendation to completely merge or abolish any of the three, he said.
The committee consists of Langloss, David Schreiner, KSB president and chief executive officer, and engineer Chris Blumhoff.
Progress on HR audit
Results of a human resources and policies audit conducted by Davenport, Iowa-based PJ Greufe & Associates also could be presented to the council at its Sept. 3 meeting, Langloss said.
A committee that includes Finance Director Paula Meyer and other city staff concluded that the city’s hiring practices, compliance with labor laws, and benefits were out of date.
That committee will meet with the HR auditors later this month to finalize a report with recommendations to present to the council.
Auditors in the house
Auditors from Wipfli in Dixon have been at City Hall conducting the city’s audit for the most recent fiscal year. They will present their findings to the council this fall.
The Dixon City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at 121 W. Second St., on the second floor in council chambers.
For an agenda for this meeting, minutes from past meetings or more information, go to www.discoverdixon.org or call 815-288-1485.
A full posting of the advertisement for city administrator can be found on the city's website.