Beaver Dam Director Of Administration Says He Is Resigning Because Of Mayor

(Beaver Dam) The city of Beaver Dam’s top administrative official tells alderpersons that the primary reason he is leaving is because of the mayor. As we reported Tuesday, Director of Administration Zak Bloom submitted his letter of resignation on October 11; his last day on the job is November 5. In an email Bloom sent to alderpersons on October 13  confirmed by multiple elected officials – he states that the number one reason he is leaving is because (quote) “the working relationship with the mayor is untenable and [he does] not foresee that changing after she goes part-time. 

The city council recently approved a restructuring of government adding a new City Administrator position while reducing the mayor’s role.  We have reached out to both Bloom and Mayor Becky Glewen for a comment on that statement but have not yet heard back. Mayor Glewen did send out a press release early yesterday (Tuesday) announcing Bloom’s resignation.

In the release, Glewen credits Bloom for his (quote) “diligence and expertise in moving our community forward” and says he “will be difficult to replace. She goes on to say that “the city of Beaver Dam has greatly appreciated the opportunity to work with Mr. Bloom and wishes him the best in his future endeavors.” Administrative Committee Chair Jaci Shelton tells DailyDodge that preparations are being made for either her committee, or the full council, to have a closed session exit interview with Bloom prior to his departure. Shelton says Bloom has agreed to the exit interview

Bloom cited a new job in the private sector as his secondary reason for resigning. He is the third Director of Administration in Beaver Dam since April of 2019. That’s when John Somers left after 23 years in the position. Somers may return in an interim capacity as the city is in the midst of budget deliberations. After about six months on the job, Jeff Wiswell submitted his letter of resignation in October of 2019 after a budgeting error was discovered that cost the city $330-thousand dollars. Bloom’s resignation comes at a time when several city officials are retiring

Longtime City Attorney Maryann Schacht recently announced her retirement starting with the new year, which habeen anticipated for some time. In the spring, both the fire chief and deputy fire chief retired.