Hofland is lone finalist for Sheboygan job that would end 26-year Grafton career
The Village of Grafton may soon begin the search for a new administrator.
Darrell Hofland, who has held the position since 1990, was expected to be offered the job of Sheboygan city administrator this week.
Hofland interviewed last month for the Sheboygan post, from which current City Administrator Jim Amodeo will retire April 1.
Hofland was reported as one of two finalists for the city job along with Eric Rindfleisch, a former Sheboygan alderman and current administrator for the Village of McFarland. However, Hofland became the lone finalist when Rindfleisch withdrew his name from consideration.
The Sheboygan Common Council was scheduled to decide Wednesday, March 2, on a contract offer for Hofland.
Hofland confirmed early this week that he was the lone finalist for the post but declined further comment on whether he would accept a job offer.
“It would be premature to say anything at this point,” he said. “My preference would be to wait until a decision is made.”
Before coming to Grafton, Hofland served as village administrator in Little Chute from 1986 to 1990. He previously worked for several federal agencies and as administrative assistant to the mayor in Appleton.
During his tenure, Hofland has won numerous awards for municipal management and helped oversee a variety of major development projects in Grafton, among them construction of an Aurora Medical Center, a Meijer store and a shopping center anchored by a Costco store and redevelopment in the downtown and south commercial districts.
Village President Jim Brunnquell said he wasn’t surprised that Hofland is under serious consideration for an administrative job in a larger community.
“Darrell is at the top of his game. He really, truly understands the position of administrator and has proven it year after year,” Brunnquell said.
“He’s at a point in his career where he can decide what he wants to do. It’s not a matter of money; it’s a question of if he wants to face the challenges that come with a larger community or stay with a village where he’s done a lot of good.
“It’s important for everyone to know that we support him and will stand by his decision whatever it is.”
If Hofland takes the Sheboygan job, the Village Board will have to decide how his position will be filled, Brunnquell said. That could mean hiring a temporary administrator until the village can recruit and interview candidates for a permanent replacement, he added.
In 2007, Hofland was offered the job of administrator for the City of Waukesha after being chosen from a field of 25 applicants. He remained in Grafton after the Village Board approved a salary increase for him.
“Grafton has all the ingredients to attract some very exciting and high-quality commercial and residential development,” Hofland said at the time.