Beaver Dam Council Approves Job Description For New City Administrator Position

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night approved a job description for the new and vacant position of city administrator. The wording, from the city’s recruitment firm GovHR USA, bills the position as the “Chief Administrative Officer” responsible to the mayor and common council for the business affairs of the city.

Duties include administrative functions related to policy, programs and services in all city departments, except public safety. As a sign of the times, the requirement for a master’s degree was reduced from required to preferred. The salary is listed as $128-to-$142-thousand dollars.

The council approved the creation of the City Administrator position in September while at the same time reducing the role of mayor from full-time to part-time. A similar but less robust position, Director of Administration, was expected to be phased out. In fact, when the new position was first created, there were plans to name a candidate by January.

However, Director of Administration Zak Bloom resigned unexpectedly in November. In January, the council hired GovHR USA at a cost of $22,500 to find a City Administrator. John Somers was tabbed to serve in an interim role until a City Administrator is in place, having previously spent 23 years in the position before his resignation in 2019. That contract was extended last night.