Horicon Mayoral Race: Nathan Anfinson Wants To Hire City Administrator

(Horicon) Horicon mayoral candidate Nathan Anfinson says hiring a full-time city administrator would help with economic development. The city created an economic development director position three years ago that Anfinson says helped identify areas of focus. The job was ultimately eliminated by the city council last year. Current Mayor Steve Neitzel, who is not running for re-election, absorbed many of those responsibilities and Anfinson says he would do the same on an interim basis – if elected – until the city administrator position could be established. He says the administrator would work on economic development to start as well as provide leadership to department heads. Anfinson says he would, at some point, like to add either a full or part-time economic development position that would aid the administrator in attracting and retaining businesses. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, the Horicon-native and common council president told us that when the economic development director position was removed, it provided the city an opportunity to reevaluate. That led Anfinson to advocate for the addition of a city administrator. He says the council will have to discuss if the administrator position could be funded in 2019. Anfinson noted that he does believe the position can be added while still maintaining a balanced budget. Former Mayor Jim Grigg is facing Anfinson on the April 3rd ballot. Grigg will be our guest this afternoon on WBEV’s Community Comment beginning at 12:35pm.