Columbus City Administrator

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City Administrator – Columbus, WI (Population 5,540)

Job Announcement:

The City of Columbus is seeking a dynamic and energetic local government professional to serve as its next city administrator (the last administrator returned to her former employer after serving only a few months) . Located thirty minutes northeast of Wisconsin’s capital city of Madison, Columbus is a historic yet growing and progressive community that combines the best of small town living with the amenities of a large nearby metropolitan area. Located on the banks of the Crawfish River, Columbus is a regional market center with a vibrant downtown and commercial districts.

Columbus is a full-service municipality and prides itself on being a great community to live, work, play and learn in. Salary $120,000-$135,000 DOQ plus excellent benefits.  Mayor and six City Council Members elected on a non-partisan basis. $21.9M (total budget all funds including Electric and Water Utilities and 3 TID’s), 40 FT and approximately 150+PT and seasonal employees (includes fire, library, aquatics, recreation and public works).  Future opportunities for next administrator will include economic development, downtown redevelopment, organizational change, implementation of Columbus Roadmap 2050 (Long-Term Strategic Plan), empowerment of city employees and implementation of an aggressive CIP to address aging infrastructure needs.

Columbus City Administrator Position Profile PDF



Require Bachelor’s degree in public administration or related field; prefer Master’s Degree with at least 5 years progressive municipal management experience. Residency is encouraged but not required. Desire a strong background in municipal finance/budget development (including TIF experience); housing and community development, organizational development and grant writing/administration. The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of professional integrity; open and positive communication skills; be a team builder; a leader in addressing community issues and problems and be a visionary who has been successful in helping small communities thrive and grow. Visit the community website at


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 ; phone 262-903-9509, by February 16, 2024. Confidentiality must be requested by applicant and cannot be guaranteed for finalists.

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