What attributes should the next Ripon city administrator possess?

During the first meeting of the City Administrator Search Team, a group of Riponites began batting around ideas, as well as established a tentative time line for the hiring process.

“I think this is your moment to say, ‘This is the kind of candidate you want,’” outgoing City Administrator Steve Barg said. “This will help you frame what you want to call out [in an advertisement], so you don’t leave it to chance of the kind of person [who applies].

Unfortunately, few attributes were brainstormed during the discussion.

“I know Al [Schraeder, an alderman and member of the committee] put in his email [we should hire] a strong economic [administrator],” said Joan Karsten, who was voted chairperson of the committee.

Mayor Gary Will suggested the city hire “somebody who has more than just a common knowledge of TIF [tax incremental financing] and TIF law, with all the TIFs we have going on in our city.”

Barg concurred that the city’s nine TIF districts could be a major issue for Ripon.

Read the full story in the Nov. 18, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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