County Administrator

Application Deadline: 2023-09-22
Job Type: County
Job Description:

Trempealeau County, Wisconsin (Population 30,760) seeks a proven leader to serve as its first County Administrator. Located in scenic western Wisconsin, Trempealeau County offers the best of both worlds; a small-town quality of life, within forty miles of La Crosse, Wisconsin and a two-hour drive to St. Paul. Trempealeau County’s many peaceful communities offer a variety of housing options, quality schools, growing businesses and job opportunities. Trempealeau County boasts year-round recreational activities including canoeing, kayaking and fishing on its many rivers and streams. Thousands of acres of parks and public land are available for hiking, biking, cross country skiing and hunting with trails for snowmobiling and ATV’s. The County’s total land area of 732 square miles is organized into six cities, five villages and 15 towns. The County seat is Whitehall (population 1,635). Learn more about Trempealeau County by visiting its website.

The County Administrator is the County’s chief administrative officer and carries out the duties and responsibilities set forth in Section 59.18 of the Wisconsin Statutes and will also serve as the County’s Human Resources Director. The Administrator is appointed by and reports to a seventeen-member nonpartisan Board of Supervisors. A $54M total expense budget (excluding a $25M Health Care Center enterprise fund) supports approximately 279 full-time equivalent positions.

Immediate priorities for the new County Administrator include recruiting and retaining quality employees in a challenging labor market and maintaining quality services in light of strict statutory levy limits. A proven track record of success in maintaining positive and productive relationships with other units of government and among elected officials and staff are priorities.

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 critical. 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 $120,000 to $150,000 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 two years in upper-level management required. International City/County Manager 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 Dave Bretl, Public Administration Associates, LLC at Include Trempealeau County, WI Administrator Search in the subject line. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Mr. Bretl at (414) 350-3328. The deadline for applications is September 22, 2023.

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

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