Port officials to interview six candidates who have applied to fill vacant post
The Port Washington Town Board will interview six finalists for the town clerk’s job next week.
Board members on Monday agreed to interview the finalists on Monday and Wednesday evenings, Feb. 13 and 15. Each interview is expected to last 20 minutes.
They also set a special Town Board meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday to potentially appoint a clerk.
The town has been without a clerk since Jan. 18, when former Clerk Cheryl Karrels left abruptly.
The board appointed Heather Krueger interim clerk on Jan. 25, stating this appointment would run through March 1.
Town Chairman Jim Melichar praised the work done by Krueger and Feider-Schlenvogt since Karrels’ departure, saying, “These ladies have done a great job. Their getting caught up, bills and books and getting ready for voting.”
The town received 11 applications for the clerk’s position, the board members opening them during a special meeting before the regular Town Board session Monday.
Four were from people who had previously applied for the position, and seven from new applicants.
In addition, Town of Belgium Clerk Ginger Murphy sent an email saying she would be interested in adding the Port clerk’s duties to her current responsibilities, Melichar said.
Murphy said she had checked with the Wisconsin Towns Association and there was nothing to prohibit her from holding both posts, he said. She also noted it could offer savings in terms of training to the communities.
However, board members questioned whether a joint position would work, especially since the clerk needs to be on hand in the community on election night.
There could also be issues if meetings are held on the same night, they noted.
Board members reviewed the resumes submitted by the 11 candidates, then decided to each name their top candidates to be interviewed.
“We have no lack of experience here,” Melichar said.
It was a process endorsed by Deputy Clerk Doris Feider-Schlenvogt.
“Some names are just going to rise to the top,” she said. “I think there are some who have good backgrounds and experience.”
All but one of the finalists are from Port Washington. They are Krueger, Nicole Ksioszk, Lisa Theis, Randall Kelm and Vickie Egerer. The other candidate is Julie Lanser of Belgium.
Karrels, who had been the town clerk for 18 months before her resignation, was paid $35,100 annually.