Platteville Common Council will hold a special meeting to interview in closed
session the three finalists for the city manager position Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
Before that, the public will get a chance to meet the three finalists at Wisconsin Bank & Trust, 10 Progressive Parkway, today from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The council had picked four candidates, but one withdrew when he was hired for another position.
The three finalists, who will get a tour of the city Wednesday afternoon:
• Green County human services director Clinton Langreck. A U.S. Army and Army National Guard veteran, Langreck was previously the veterans service officer and then personnel manager and administrative coordinator for Clark County. He has worked for Green County since October 2017. He lives in Mineral Point. He is a graduate of Ball State University and earned a Master of Public Administration from Penn State University.
• Village of Marshall administrator Adam Ruechel. He has worked for Marshall since April 2017, before which he was the assistant to the administrator for the Village of Hobart near Green Bay. Ruechel previously was a workforce management analyst and a financial analyst. He is a graduate of Rasmussen College in Green Bay and UW–Green Bay.
• Village of Kronenwetter administrator Richard Downey. Downey, Kronenwetter’s administrator since 2012, formerly was the city administrator in Elkhart, Kan., and Rock Falls, Ill. He graduated from Kent State University and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Central Michigan University.
The fourth finalist, Columbus city administrator Patrick Vander Sanden, withdrew from consideration after accepting a new job, according to Common Council president Barb Daus.
Each of the three is seeking to replace Karen Kurt, who resigned early this year to become the executive director of the East Central Iowa Council of Governments. City administration director Nicola Maurer has been the acting city manager since Kurt’s resignation.
Downey also was the city administrator in Washington, Ill. in 2011, but resigned after seven weeks in the job “to pursue pressing personal and family matters,” according to the Pekin (Ill.) Daily Times.
Ruechel previously was a finalist for the village administrator position in Suamico.
The position was posted with a salary of $105,000 to $125,000.
Platteville is one of 10 Wisconsin cities with city managers. The others are Beloit, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Fort Atkinson, Janesville, Lake Mills, Oshkosh, Two Rivers and Whitewater.