Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 20:10
Village not seeking new administrator, but Wilhelm expresses interest in job
The Village of Saukville is not in the market for a new administrator, but officials received an unsolicited application for the position at the end of last week’s Village Board meeting.
Former Director of Public Works Roy Wilhelm, who resigned in July after more than 17 years with the village, presented a letter of interest in the village administrator position.
Dawn Wagner’s annual contract as administrator is up for renewal in November.
In anticipation of that contract expiration, Wilhelm, who still lives in the village and has regularly been attending board meetings, prepared his letter of interest addressed to Village President Barb Dickmann.
“I am hereby applying for the position of village administrator,” his letter said.
“As you told me directly in 2010 and 2013, it is time for a change in the way village staff and operations are managed.”
Since Wilhelm’s resignation, the village has streamlined its management team and eliminated the position of public works director. Ray deBruijn has been named superintendent of public works.
In cases where a professional engineer is needed, those services are being contracted.
Wilhelm’s letter noted the additional skill set he would bring to the job.
“I would bring the qualification as a Wisconsin licensed professional engineer to the position to assist the village in avoiding contract engineering services at a fraction of the cost as another value added,” he said.
After the meeting, Dickmann said she and village trustees were dumbfounded when Wilhelm submitted his letter of interest.
So stunned was she to the job inquiry, it took her several days to draft a responding e-mail.
“I am in receipt of your letter expressing your interest in the position of village administrator of Saukville,” her reply said.
“The village has not posted the position of village administrator and is not soliciting applications for the position at this time. If, and at such time, the village posts the position of village administrator as being open for solicitation of applications, then please feel free to submit your application and information at that time.”
Dickmann said village officials are pleased with Wagner’s job performance and are not expected to be seeking a replacement.
“We were all shocked and surprised this came up at this time,” she said.