Ripon does not have a city administrator yet ... and it will be weeks before a new one is chosen.

Though the Ripon Common Council considered replacing former City Administrator Steve Barg Tuesday evening, it has decided to hold another round of interviews for some, but not all, of the five finalists.

“There is no final one, two or three candidates right now,” Mayor Gary Will said of the three men and two women who were interviewed Monday, Feb. 28. “There are some they like more than others but there is nobody we’ve said ‘no’ to as of yet.”

Because it is not dismissing any candidates from the process, the city is not releasing the names of those who will be brought in for another round of face-to-face interviews.

Focus of this extra round will be on how candidates would deal with the expected loss of shared revenue associated with the proposed 2011-2013 state budget.

“What happened is we met [the candidates] on Monday and [Gov. Scott] Walker released his budget on Tuesday,” Will said, noting that the council now would like to ask some candidates how they would approach this shortfall. “I think [the council members] are all wondering what kind of answers they will get from the candidates.”

This interview will occur Monday, March 28 during the closed-session portion of the regular Common Council meeting.

Read the full story in the March 10, 2011 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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