Watch for an announcement Monday that the field of candidates for West Bend city administrator has been trimmed to five. Following Monday night’s meeting the council went into closed session. According to Mayor Kraig Sadownikow they narrowed the list of finalists.
“We had a lot of strong candidates apply for the post,” Sadownikow said. The city has been working with GovHR USA to try and fill the position. Sadownikow said about 28 or 29 candidates applied. The starting salary range: $95,000–$125,000 +/-DOQ.
The council is expected to review the candidates in the coming weeks. A final appointment is expected by mid-August. One of the confirmed candidates is Jay Shambeau, Planning and Parks Administrator at Washington County. Shambeau had been Calumet County Administrator from June 2008 – April 2014 and prior to that he was Village Administrator in Kewaskum from July 2006 – June 2008.
The West Bend city administrator position opened in April after former city administrator T.J. Justice was tagged with felony charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution. Justice’s next hearing is August 12 in Waukesha County Court. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.