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40 apply for city administrator

Interviews could begin next week

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

DIXON – A team will start reading résumés for the new city administrator position later this week.

The city received 40 applications from all over the country, Police Chief Danny Langloss, special assistant to the City Council, said Tuesday.

The 10-member team, selected by Langloss, consists of experts in leadership, economic development, professional management, finance and human resources, he said.

The team will sift through résumés and determine who will be interviewed, beginning as early as next week. There is no set number for how many interviews will be conducted, Langloss said.

Once the initial interviews are completed, the team will present finalists to the City Council. The finalists will be invited to spend a day in Dixon, where they will meet department heads, city employees and community members, will be given a comprehensive tour of Dixon, and will have a final interview before the council.

Once a final candidate is chosen, the administrator will go through a thorough background investigation, Langloss said.

The team hopes to have the final candidate selected by mid-October.

The team members are City Attorney Rob LeSage, KSB Hospital CEO David Schreiner, KSB Human Resources Director Suzanne Ravlin, city Finance Director Paula Meyer, Water Superintendent Rusty Cox, Commissioners Dennis Considine and Jeff Kuhn, Wastewater foreman Tim Stover, firefighter Ryan Buskohl and Langloss.

The job was posted to 13 professional city management websites in early August. Monday was the deadline to apply.

Qualifications required include a master’s degree in public administration or a related field and 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,” according to its ad.

The salary range for the position is $95,000 to $110,000 a year, depending on qualifications.

“There is no decision more important than selecting the right administrator,” Langloss said. “This is just one more step in professionalizing every aspect of our city government.”

Over the past year, the city has revamped the finance department by hiring Meyer and bringing payroll and accounts payable into City Hall. With that came the creation of a finance department with two water department clerks, and the hiring of an accounting technician and a payroll clerk.

The city also hired human resources consultant Paul Greufe and Associates to update the city’s policies.

 

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