Washington Island Town Administrator

Washington Island Township

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Washington Island – Town Administrator


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Washington Island, WI (Year-Round Population 723, Seasonal Population +/-2,500)

Located in beautiful Door County in northeastern Wisconsin (the State’s “left thumb” between Green Bay and Lake Michigan), Washington Island Township is made up of a group of small islands that includes Detroit Island, Hog Island, Pilot Island, Plum Island and Rock Island, and the largest, Washington Island. The majority of the population of the Town resides on Washington Island and many of the smaller islands are partly or entirely Wisconsin State Parks or National Wildlife Refuges with little population, if any. Most of the people who settled here were Scandinavian immigrants, especially Icelanders. Today, the Town is one of the oldest Icelandic communities in the U.S. and among the largest outside of Iceland itself. The Town is accessible year-round via a five-mile ferryboat ride from Door County’s northern tip. It has a small year-round population that swells with the arrival of summer residents and tourists. The Town’s economy is predicated on tourism.


Washington Island is a full-service community and self-sufficient due to its island location. The Town is a very unique community that has a rich history and bright future. Five Board Members, including Town Chair, are elected on a non-partisan basis.  $2.4M total annual budget, 30+employees (including part-time and seasonal) and 43 volunteer firefighters and EMS members. In the spirit of representative town government, services provided include public works (including an airport, cemetery, landfill and recycling facility), EMS, fire, library, museums, parks and recreation (including beaches, boat launch, marina and rec center) police and utilities. Future challenges and opportunities for the new administrator include staff development and safety management; shared services development/implementation; capital improvement (infrastructure and facilities) plan development/implementation; organizational improvements and sound financial planning and management.


Washington Island Town Administrator – Position Profile PDF



A Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration or related field is required with at least 3 years municipal management experience. Master’s degree preferred. Private sector or military management experience may be substituted if comparable.  Full-time residency is strongly encouraged.  This is a new position with appointment expected in early summer. Hiring salary range $80,000-$100,000 DOQ plus excellent fringe benefit package. Desire a strong background in budget development/municipal finance; grant writing/administration; capital improvement planning and execution; human resources and safety management, and community planning (including land use and zoning).  The successful candidate will be a team builder and a leader in addressing community issues; have open and positive communication skills; have a high degree of both personal and professional integrity; acute listening skills and have a history of stable tenures in previous positions.  For more information on Washington Island, visit the community website at www.washingtonisland-wi.gov.


How to Apply:

Send cover letter, resume, salary history and five work-related references to Public Administration Associates, LLC, Attn: Kevin Brunner, President, 1155 W. South Street Whitewater WI 53190; e-mail kevin.brunner1013@gmail.com; phone 262-903-9509, by May 13, 2022.  Confidentiality must be requested by applicant and cannot be guaranteed for finalists.

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