Dodge County Board Hires Interim Administrator

(Juneau) Dodge County has an interim Administrator. Current Administrator Jim Mielke is retiring on June 1st. To facilitate the search for his replacement, the county hired Public Administration Associates.  

Jon Hochkammer, who works at the firm, was named as a candidate for the interim role which was approved by the county board Tuesday night. Hochkammer served on the Manitowoc County board and was the mayor of Verona for 12 years. He will be on-site four days a week at a cost of $16,200 per month with availability during off hours to answer phone calls or emails.  

Some supervisors took issue with the amount the county will be paying, including Cathy Houchin. She says his monthly cost comes out to around $1,000 a day. 

Supervisor Rob Boelk admits the price is high but says an administrator is a critical position to keep filled, especially as the county also looks to hire a finance director. He reminded the board that they are getting professional services and says they could up Hochkammer’s on-site time to five-days a week if a finance director is not hired soon. 

Others argued the department heads can keep the county afloat while the search for a new administrator is underway. Supervisor Dan Siegmann says the heads of department are not getting enough credit. 

Supervisor Lisa Derr says not having an administrator and finance director in place as the county moves into budget season would be detrimental and costly. 

The county has about 15 applicants for administrator with first round interviews scheduled early next month. The county hopes to have the position permanently filled by August.