Decision To Hire Community Development Manager Sent Back To Committee

(Beaver Dam) A plan by Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen to hire a Community Development Manager has been sent back to city’s Administrative Committee. The position as proposed would be for 29 hours per-week with a salary of $20-per hour.

Glewen says the momentum with recent investments in the downtown would be bolstered by the creation of the position, which would be focused on attracting new businesses and residents to the city. Glewen wants to pay for the position with funds left over from the reduction of the deputy city clerk’s position from full-time to part-time, following a recent retirement. Meeting as a committee of the whole, alderpersons Monday night said that it’s too soon to tell if the position should remain part time.

Alderman Dave Hanson also voiced concerns about the role of the Community Development Manager at a time when the city is looking at replacing a longtime Finance Director who is retiring, and possibly hiring a city administrator while at the same time reducing the position of mayor from full-time to part-time. There was support for contracting for the position as opposed to hiring another city employee.

Alderwoman Lisa Davidson, who chairs the Administrative Committee, says the more economic development that can be promoted in the community, the better off the city will be.

The decision to send the matter back to committee passed with four dissenting votes. Some alderpersons felt the matter should be decided after a potential new council is seated after next month’s election while other alderpersons argued that a new council would not have the depth of knowledge to make an informed decision.