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Village of Salem Lakes, WI, Village Administrator

Village Administrator

Salem Lakes, WI (Population 14,601)


Salem Lakes, Wisconsin seeks a proven leader to serve as its next Village Administrator.  Located in southeastern Wisconsin, Salem Lakes offers the best of both worlds; a quiet and safe community with a variety of housing options and quality schools, within 40 miles of Milwaukee and a ninety-minute drive to downtown Chicago.  The Village’s twelve beautiful lakes feature year-round recreational activities including relaxing beaches, boating, fishing, hiking and water fouling.  Numerous community events, festivals and holiday celebrations are held throughout the year.  Learn more about Salem Lakes Village by visiting its website.


The Village Administrator is the Village’s chief administrative officer and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Village.  The Administrator is appointed by and reports to a seven-member nonpartisan Board of Trustees. Village services include public works, a sanitary and storm water utility and a combination career/paid-on-call fire department.  Law enforcement is contracted with Kenosha County.  Operations are supported by a $30.5M (all funds) 2023 expense budget.  The Village is financially stable with solid reserves and a strong tax base.


Desire a strong finance background including a sound knowledge of budget development and capital improvement planning.  The successful candidate will possess exceptional strategic planning as well as project management skills. A thorough knowledge of human resources is important. The successful candidate will be an accomplished leader; an approachable teambuilder, who can be decisive when necessary.  The ability to foster collaboration and communicate openly and positively are essential.


The salary range for this position is $110,000 to $140,000 DOQ plus excellent benefits.


Requires a bachelor’s degree in public or business administration or finance or a related field, with a master’s degree preferred. A combination of education or experience may be substituted for the specific degree major.  Significant experience in the administration of a complex organization with a minimum of three years in upper-level management required. International City/Village Management Association Credentialed Manager certification is a plus as is a thorough knowledge of local government.   Private sector and military candidates who have led comparably sized, complex organizations are encouraged to apply.


Email cover letter, résumé, three professional references and salary history as a single PDF to Rita Bucur, Village President at  Include Salem Lakes Administrator Search in the subject line.  The deadline for applications is September 25, 2023.


Confidentiality must be requested but cannot be provided for those selected as final candidates.


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