by nathan oster
Joseph Fischer of River Falls, Wis., has accepted the town’s offer and will take over as administrator/finance director on June 18, according to Mayor Frank Houk.
Fischer holds a bachelor’s in business administration (2007) and a master’s of business administration (2011) from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
He has been working as a business loan analyst with WESTconsin Credit Union in River Falls and as founder and owner of Fischer Real Estate.
Houk said he expects Fischer to help in two areas, primarily.
“His educational background is in finance, accounting and budgeting, so that’s one of the things we’re expecting he will bring to the job,” said Houk. “But he’s also done some hands-on finance things with apartments and condominiums.
“We think that with him, we will have someone who can get out and talk with people in the field, particularly in the area of public works but also with our business people. He’s a people person.”
Houk indicated last week that the employment package that was offered to Fischer approached $100,000, with $59,280 of that being salary and the rest benefits.
His arrival will come in the midst of a significant transition at Town Hall.
Kay Mattis, the longtime municipal clerk, is set to retire June 30.
Kathy Smith, the current town clerk, is going to assume Mattis’ court clerk responsibilities while keeping a number of her current town clerk tasks.
However, the budgeting aspect of things, which fall under the header of town treasurer, will now belong to Fischer, according to Houk.
The town has also cut back in the area of public works, said Houk.
When Mike Packer resigned, the town chose not to refill the public works director position, opting instead to promote Dalen Davis to the lesser-compensated position of town foreman.
In addition, the town chose not to refill one of the positions on the town public works crew. “We’re one person down now in regard to public works,” Houk said.