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City of Waukesha, WI, City Administrator

City Administrator – City of Waukesha, Wisconsin (71,158). An award-winning and growing community located west of Milwaukee, Waukesha has experienced considerable residential, commercial and employment growth, and is the
seventh largest city in Wisconsin. Nationally recognized as one of the “100 Best Places to Live” in the U.S., Waukesha’s downtown includes a thriving arts district, a popular farmers’ market, and a river walk. The City has been named several times as one of the “Top Workplaces” by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The City seeks highly-skilled local government professionals for its next City Administrator.

Waukesha is a full-service municipality including Police, Fire/EMS, Assessing, City Clerk/Treasurer, Public Works and Engineering, Community Development, Finance, Library, Information Services, Cemetery, Parks, Recreation and Forestry, Transit, and Human Resources. The City also has an elected City Attorney and Municipal Judge.

The City Administrator oversees general fund and enterprise budgets of more than $100 million, a five-year CIP of $218 million, and a workforce of more than 570 FTEs. The City is in excellent financial condition (AA2 bond rating and a fund balance exceeding 28%), and has made significant strides in upgrading its facilities and infrastructure, including a new City Hall, police headquarters, and an aggressive road maintenance program. The City’s water utility, governed by an independent Commission, is nearing completion of its pipeline to receive Lake Michigan water.

The City is seeking candidates with strong leadership skills, and a collaborative, team-oriented approach to managing a large organization. A record of visibility in the community, and proven financial/analytical skills is required. The City Administrator also works closely on economic and community development efforts, including maintaining a close working relationship with the City’s business community.

Ideal candidates will possess:
● A Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, or related field, with a Master’s degree in public
administration or closely related field preferred;
● Proven executive-level municipal management experience as either a chief administrative officer or assistant
CAO, preferably in an independent, freestanding community of similar size and complexity, or an equivalent
combination of education and experience;
● A team-oriented, strategic-thinking approach toward staff leadership with supervisory skills compatible with a
high-functioning team;
● Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills; and
● Strong financial, analytical, and budget management expertise.

The City Administrator is appointed by, and reports to, the Mayor and 15-member Common Council. Residency in the
City of Waukesha is encouraged.

The starting salary range is $170,000 – $195,000 +/- DOQ, plus an excellent benefit package. Candidates should apply by June 26, 2023 to with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to the attention of Lee Szymborski, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA. Tel: 847-380-3197.
The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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