(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen wants to change the position of mayor from full-time to part-time and then hire a full-time city administrator. A plan that advanced out of committee Monday night takes the initial steps toward that possible move by reducing the job responsibilities of another position: the Director of Administration, which is currently held by John Somers (pictured left) who is retiring at the end of April. That director’s position is largely tasked with finance matters but many of those responsibilities could be reduced to that of a city clerk/ treasurer with remaining tasks shifted to the new city administrator under the potential restructuring. The city administrator would also acquire responsibilities as the mayor’s role changes.
The process of altering the organizational structure would require changing the city charter, a potentially lengthy process. With that in mind, city officials indicated last night that Somers replacement may have to be hired on an interim basis while changes to the mayors position and the job description for the city administrator are hammered out in committee. No word yet on the budget impact. Any changes would take place after the next election.