City Administrator

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City Administrator Position – City of Hillsboro (1,428)

The City of Hillsboro, Wisconsin is looking for a dynamic professional to replace its long tenured City Administrator. Hillsboro is rich in history and heritage, with a strong sense of community, embracing the “small town Wisconsin” lifestyle, including stable traditional neighborhoods, new residential subdivisions, strong local industries, and a robust historic Main Street. Hillsboro provides for a small town and rural quality of Life. Known as the gateway to the Driftless Area; the region of Wisconsin not impacted by glaciers during the last intercontinental ice age, resulting in dramatic ridges and valleys, and expansive scenic rivers and streams. The area, also known as the Kickapoo Valley, has become a top tourist destination for outdoor recreation, including biking, hiking, kayaking, and canoeing and trout fishing. Hillsboro, offers several public parks for recreational activities, including the Hillsboro State Bike Trail that connects to the historic “400” State Trail and the Elroy-Sparta Trail. The City is also in close proximity to the Baraboo and Kickapoo Rivers, Wildcat Mountain State Park, Kickapoo Valley Reserve, and a short drive to the Wisconsin Dells recreational area. Hillsboro is located 60 miles to La Crosse, WI, 80 Miles to Madison, WI, 150 Miles to Milwaukee, WI and 200 miles to Minneapolis, MN.

Hillsboro is known for its innovative economic development programs, related to “Main Street” redevelopment (facade, building preservation, signage, business improvement), as well as housing and economic development incentive programs. The new Administrator will have numerous policies and projects to manage, including the State Trunk Highway 33/80/82 reconstruction project, Baraboo River Corridor Plan implementation, Baraboo Kayak Launch grant project, redevelopment of vacant properties within the Downtown district, creation of a chamber of commerce, wastewater treatment plant upgrades, train restoration project, implementation of Housing action plan, and expansion of industrial tax base.

Starting salary range is $65K-$80K DOQ plus excellent benefits. Mayor and eight Councilpersons are elected on a non-partisan basis. Hillsboro annual general fund budget is $1.6 million, Utility budget is $1.1 million, and TIF and special funds is $1.5 million. Staffing levels are 14 full-time equivalents plus seasonal staff.

Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, business administration or related field; Master’s Degree preferred, with a minimum of two years progressively responsible administrative and leadership experience in a municipal organization. Consideration of candidates with private sector or military experience will be made if they can demonstrate accomplishments that relate to skills required. Residency within the City of Hillsboro or its School District boundaries is preferred. The successful candidate must demonstrate a verifiable record and experience in the following areas: community development/planning, budget development and financing; including redevelopment and capital financing, the ability to effectively manage contracts, projects and grant writing and implementation. The successful candidate should possess a high level of both personal and professional integrity, have a strong work ethic and be an innovator, have acute listening skills, a collaborative leadership style, open and positive communicator and be able to work harmoniously with elected officials including other governmental entities.

For more information, visit the City of Hillsboro website:

Send cover letter, résumé, references, and salary history via email, in a single PDF, by March 17, 2021 5:00 p.m. CST to with email subject: City of Hillsboro, WI Search. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Chris Swartz, Public Administration Associates, LLC, at 414-788-7028.

Confidentiality must be requested by applicant and cannot be guaranteed for finalists.

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