(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night filled an important administrative vacancy. Zachary Bloom was hired as Director of Administration and City Clerk. Bloom spent 12 years in finance and utilities with the city of Waupun and spent the past five years as a public account for a private CPA firm.
Bloom will receive an annual salary of $130-thousand dollars plus benefits. Alderman Mick Fischer voted against the hiring citing a 30-percent increase in salary from his predecessor. City Attorney Mary Ann Schacht noted that there would be savings elsewhere in the budget. Bloom had previously worked as an auditor for the city of Beaver Dam, which cost the city between $30-thousand and $40-thousand dollars annually. Because he will be bringing that skillset with him, Schacht says the increased salary would be a wash.
Bloom replaces Jeff Wiswell, who spent six months in Beaver Dam, resigning in October following the discovery of an error that cost the city $330-thousand dollars. John Somers had been serving in an interim role, having previously spent 23 years with the city before his retirement last April.