Thursday, July 9, 2015

"City Administrator’s current contract expires Sunday"

July 07, 2015 8:34 pm  • 

"RACINE — It’s been three weeks since the City Council voted to extend City Administrator Tom Friedel’s contract, giving him a $10,000 raise over two years.

"But whether he will accept their offer, and stay on in the job still remains unclear, at least for the public at large.

"With his current contract slated to expire on Sunday, July 12, calls made to Friedel over the last few weeks have not been returned, and other city officials have remained mum on the issue.

"Asked about the situation on Monday, Deputy City Attorney Scott Letteney, who oversees the city’s human resources department, wrote in an email: 'it is not his place to address this issue.'

"A call made to Mayor John Dickert on Tuesday regarding the situation was not returned.

"An email sent to Friedel on Monday received an automatic reply that he would be out of the office until July 13.

"City Council President Dennis Wiser said Tuesday evening he was not aware of Friedel’s plans and there had been no updates from Friedel or the administration, as far as he knew.

"'I haven’t gotten anything to that effect,' he said.

"The relative silence that has fallen upon the issue in recent weeks comes after close to a month of contentious debate among aldermen about the city administrator position and its salary."

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You're not appreciated here, Tom. Time to move on.


kkdither said...

Whether appreciated or not, a huge increase in someones salary like that, especially in times where everyone is calling everything, "broke," is sure to draw a bulls-eye to that position. I'd say the whole situation is a sticky wicket. The hands were caught in the cookie jar. Time to dump that idea and see if he stays or if he goes.

Toad said...

Orb's, I'm not certain, If your last sentence Is meant as support for Tom or not, but WITHOUT an education beyond High School, HE cannot expect to even FIND another City Administrator job to pay what he wants. He does not have the skills the job requires weather he thinks so or not. At his age, he Is doing quite well. IF he hadn't worked all those years for a NON-UNION company, he would have a PENSION also.

OrbsCorbs said...

Toad, I support elimination of the City Administrator's position. Why pay two men to do one mayor's job?

OrbsCorbs said...

Btw, Dickert has an administrative assistant (secretary?), and I think Friedel does, too.