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What is Public Administration Associates, LLC?

Public Administration Associates, LLC, is a consulting firm specializing in local government recruitment and management studies. PAA was organized in April 1998 by partners William Frueh, Denise Frueh, and Stephen Hintz. In September, 2017 Kevin Brunner became a partner, after serving as an associate since 2015. Please see below for information on each partner and current associates.

What expertise do the partners have in local government?

Kevin Brunner
Partner Kevin Brunner has over thirty-two years of experience serving Wisconsin local governments. He served as manager/administrator in Saukville, Monona, De Pere and Whitewater and worked as an assistant Administrator for the city of Appleton and Kenosha County. He recently retired from public service after serving as Director of Central Services/Public Works for Walworth County. Brunner became a Partner in PAA in September 2017. Kevin was the recipient of the 2007 Manager of the Year and 2012 Service Innovation awards, both from the Wisconsin City and County Management Association (WCMA). Brunner is a past president of the WCMA and served on the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and Alliance of Cities Boards of Directors. He is a MPA graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Virginia Senior Executive Institute.


Stephen Hintz
Partner Stephen Hintz served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh from 1972 to 2001 where he taught personnel, budgeting, and municipal management in the Master of Public Administration program. For twenty years, he served as executive secretary of the Wisconsin City/County Management Association. Hintz holds a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. He has been consulting with municipalities on recruitment and management issues since 1980. In 1998, Hintz was elected to the Oshkosh Common Council and was the Mayor of Oshkosh from 2002 to 2004. In 2001, he received the prestigious Sweeney Academic Award from the International City/County Management Association for his lifelong work in promoting public administration.


William Frueh
Partner William Frueh has served local and state governments since 1962, as a City Manager in Council Bluffs, Iowa; Newton, New Jersey; Shawnee, Oklahoma and retired in 1996 after 20 years as the city manager of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He also served as the Director of Economic and Community Affairs for the State of Oklahoma. Oshkosh Citizens and the Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper named Frueh as one of the ten people in Oshkosh who most influenced the development of Oshkosh during the twentieth century. Frueh received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University and has experience as a City Engineer and Public Works Director. He has been actively consulting since 1996 and is a Life Member of both the International City/County Management Association and WCMA.


Denise Frueh
Partner Denise Frueh received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin. She has over 20 years of experience in serving municipal governments, as Deputy Assessor for the City of Oshkosh, WI and as a consultant to local governments. In addition to serving as the business manager for Public Administration Associates, she has been actively consulting since 1996 on numerous executive searches and administrative studies for Midwest municipalities in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa.
Dave Tebo
Associate Dave Tebo served as a Municipal Administrator in Wisconsin for 25 years, most recently in the Village of Poynette (1994-2000) and Town of Greenville (2000-2017). Tebo has a master’s degree in Public Affairs & Administration from UW-Madison and a bachelor’s in Urban & Regional Studies from UW-Oshkosh. Dave is a Credentialed Manager (CM) by the International City Management Association (ICMA) and Certified Public Manager (CPM) by the State of Wisconsin. He is experienced in all local government management duties including: budgeting, financial analysis, human resources, community development, planning and economic development. Project areas Dave had in-depth experience and success with in Greenville include: Land Use Planning, Sustainability, Land Stewardship (Creation of Two DATCP recognized Agricultural Enterprise Areas), Grant writing for Trail Construction and Administration ($3 million in trail projects over the last 15 years), and Economic Development (TID Development and work with Fox Cities Regional Partnership). Tebo’s work in Greenville was featured in the book The New Public Service-Serving, Not Steering by Janet and Robert Denhardt in 2007.


Duane Gau
Associate Duane Gau has over thirty years of experience in Wisconsin local government. He has worked on cooperative agreements, boundary agreements, TID management, personnel management, recruitment, public works/utilities and finance. In 2001, as Village Administrator, he assisted in a merger of a Village and Township to create a new governmental entity. Gau provided organizational analysis and salary studies for the Villages of Holman and Cross Plains and has served as interim administrator for the Villages of Mount Horeb, Holmen, Maine, Brokaw, Town of Texas and interim Public Works/Utilities Director for Ripon Wisconsin. He provided recruiting services for Cottage Grove, Mount Horeb, Holmen and Cross Plains. Duane has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee and a associate’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Madison College Technical College. He is member of WCMA.


Sue McDade
Associate Sue McDade has over 30 years of experience as a local government recreation and facilities administrator. She is currently the Community Services Director in Waunakee, Wisconsin, a fast-growing north Madison suburb. Responsibilities include recreational programming, supervision of the community center (including a fitness center, gymnasium, community room and senior center), and development of the park system, currently consisting of over 200 acres of park land. Mc Dade obtained a master’s degree in Recreation and Park Administration from Penn State University. She is a past president of the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association (WPRA), serving from 2014-2016. She is the recipient of numerous Wisconsin and regional honors and awards, including the prestigious WPRA Professional Award of Merit in 2010. McDade teaches courses in the Recreation Management Program at Madison Area Technical College.


Timothy Franz
Recently Retired Timothy Franz is the fire chief of the Oshkosh Fire Department and has been in the fire service for over 30 years. Franz has an associate’s degree in fire protection from Fox Valley Technical College and a bachelor’s degree in fire science from the University of Cincinnati. He also is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program. Franz is a past president of the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs’ Association and has served as a consultant on various fire and emergency management studies. Recently, he has worked on PAA fire/EMS studies for Verona, Sevastopol, Door County, Buchanan, five Oconto County Townships, and the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department.


James Austad
James Austad is an instructor in the Fire Protection Program at Fox Valley Technical College. He is a 28 year veteran of the fire service, spending 22 years with the Oshkosh Fire Department. He was the battalion chief in charge of the emergency medical services division of the Oshkosh Fire Department. Austad received an associate’s degree in fire protection from Fox Valley Technical College, a bachelor’s degree in business management from Silver Lake College, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He also is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Officer Program. Austad has recently worked on the PAA Sevastopol, Door County, Buchanan, Oconto Township, and Sturgeon Bay Fire Department studies.


Gordon Hintz
Associate Gordon Hintz received his bachelor’s degree from Hamline University (MN) and master’s degree in public policy and administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has worked as a member of Senator Herb Kohl’s staff in Washington DC, a research assistant for the Kettl Commission on state and local government, and a management assistant and budget analyst for the City of Long Beach, CA. Hintz was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in 2006 and currently chairs the Consumer Affairs Committee and is a member of the Urban and Local Affairs Committee and the State Building Commission.



Associate David Bretl is the current County Administrator of Walworth County where has served for 18 years. Dave has moderated the county’s Intergovernmental Cooperation Council (a collaborative effort among municipal, county and town governments) since 2008 and serves as an advisor to Leadership Walworth, a program designed to develop public, non-profit and private sector leaders. In 2005 he helped organize a county-wide private-public economic development initiative, WCEDA (Walworth County Economic Development Alliance, Inc.) In 2015 that organization honored him by establishing the Dave Bretl Community Betterment Award. Dave was the Wauwatosa City Attorney from 1996-2001 and served as the Assistant City Attorney for Sheboygan and as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for Washington County. He currently teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in business and public administration. Dave received his Master’s in Public Administration and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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