City sees quality, not quantity in planner applications


Director of Planning and Development Randy Tetzlaff
By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

The City of Port Washington has received 10 applications from people wanting to replace longtime director of planning and development Randy Tetzlaff when he retires at the end of this month, City Administrator Mark Grams said.

The applications were due Friday, April 5.

“We didn’t get a lot of applications, but the quality of the applications we did get is good,” Grams said Tuesday.

Most of the applicants were from Wisconsin, Grams said, including some from the Milwaukee area.

One applicant is from out of state, although that person has ties to the area, he added.

The Personnel Committee is expected to meet later this week or early next week to go through the applications and select which candidates it wants to interview, Grams said.

“I hope to have a recommendation for the Council to consider on May 1,” he said.

If that happens, the new director could be on board by June 1, he added.

Tetzlaff, who has guided the city’s planning and development since April 2001, announced earlier this year that he would be retiring at the end of this month.

The city is in the midst of a building boom, with lakefront projects such as the redevelopment of the Newport Shores property and the development of the Blues Factory, Pier Street Apartments and Lake Pointe Condominiums and proposals for the Prairie’s Edge and Cedar Vineyard subdivision on the south bluff in the process.

But Grams said much of the hard work in planning for these projects has been completed.

“I think it’s good we’re over the hump on those,” he said, noting the new director will be able to oversee completion of those projects.

 

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