Job description revised for filling village manager position
By Kevin Boneske
ASHWAUBENON – The search is on for a new village manager after the Ashwaubenon village board Tuesday, Aug. 25, finalized a revised job description.
Ashwaubenon is going on two months without a village manager after Allison Swanson resigned from the position effective July 8.
The village’s Finance and Personnel Committee held two meetings July 29 and Aug. 18 leading up to the amended job description being forwarded to the board, which also authorized posting the position.
In addition to favoring the hiring of a new village manager, Trustee Mark Williams said the committee had a “considerable discussion” about also having someone separate from the village manager handle human resources matters.
Williams, who chairs the committee, said the job description calls for the village manager to temporarily interpret and administer personnel policies and labor contracts, as well as initiate the establishment and/or restructuring of duties related to human resources, personnel and labor matters.
“We put that as part of the job description of the new village manager, as far as creating that, whether it’s a part-time position, a hired or contracted position or full-time position (for handling human resources),” he said. “But we thought that the village manager should have some control over that, and it was most imperative that we get the village manager hired before we create that (human resources position).”
Williams said most of the revisions from the previous village manager job description related to human resources.
“Temporarily, (the new village manager) will be taking care of that until that (human resources) position starts,” he said.
Village Attorney Tony Wachewicz said the previous hiring process for village manger involved department heads and supervisors in two separate groups interviewing three finalists, who were then interviewed by the board, which selected the person to hire.
After board members discussed how the applicant screening process should be handled, they agreed to act on a formal layout for that at their next board meeting in September.