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Whitewater Announces New City Manager
Whitewater, Wis. October 26, 2022 – The Common Council for the City of Whitewater announced the selection of John Weidl for the position of City Manager following a closed session deliberation on October 26, 2022.
Weidl has served as Interim City Manager for the City of Whitewater since August 17, 2022, through a contract with GovUSA Temps, following the departure of Cameron Clapper. Clapper took a position as County Administrator for Dodge County in late August after serving in Whitewater for over 12 years.
After a weeks’ long process that included conducting a national search, phone interviews and video interviews, the council presented three final candidates. Weidl was selected along with finalists David Porter and James Palenick for a full day interview Friday, October 21st. The day consisted of interviews with the city staff and city stakeholders along with a tour of the community and a meet and greet for media and citizens. The Common Council interviewed the candidates on Saturday, October 22nd and received information from other interview panels.
The Common Council convened for a special meeting and closed session deliberation and announced Weidl as the new City Manager on Wednesday evening.
Weidl most recently served as the Interim City Manager for the City of Whitewater. His ability to begin in August and jump on board with many projects including the recent EMS staffing referendum was a great attribute when making the decision to bring him to Whitewater.
“We welcome Mr. Weidl as the new City Manager for Whitewater,” Common Council President, Lisa Dawsey Smith stated. “The Council took this decision very seriously and feels that Mr. Weidl is the candidate best qualified for this role for the City of Whitewater. We trust that Mr. Weidl will bring his experience, abilities, and energy to work diligently and passionately for the City of Whitewater.”
Weidl lives in Elkhorn and serves as a Town Supervisor for the Township of Lafayette, Wisconsin. He has previously held the position of Village Administrator/Director of Economic Development, Mukwonago, Wisconsin; City Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer and Director of Public Works for the City of Princeton, Wisconsin; and Office of the Administrator for the Village of Lake Zurich, Illinois.
Weidl has been a Leadership Counselor for the Edward YMCA Camp in East Troy, Wisconsin and a Team Leader, Customer Service Director and Database Manager for the U.S. Air Force. He is a decorated United States Air Force (USAF) Combat Veteran with tours of duty in Europe and Middle East, including joint combat service with the United States Army. Weidl holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/European History, also from Northern Illinois University.
“Like every community, Whitewater is facing a number of challenges, and we feel that Mr. Weidl has the drive to tackle projects head-on and a desire to get results for the betterment of the entire community,” stated Dawsey Smith. “His experience and knowledge in local government, especially economic development, should prove to be an asset to our city.”
When given the opportunity to respond to the council’s decision, Weidl shared the following comment.
“Thank you to the community members, staff and elected officials that participated in the process of choosing the City's next manager. I've enjoyed the previous two months serving as the Interim City Manager, particularly finding value touring the community and discussing the Fire & EMS referendum as an entryway to learning more about the needs and opportunities of Whitewater while meeting several hundred community members and dozens of local organizations.”
“I'm excited to bring my expertise in economic development, energy, and enthusiasm to Whitewater as we look to increase opportunities for public outreach, communication and collaboration with local partners,” Weidl continued. “On the morning of November 7th, I will be available at the Sweet Spot, next to City Hall, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. as a first opportunity to re-introduce myself to the community as the permanent City Manager. Coffee and pastries will be provided for anyone who wishes to attend. Thank you for the opportunity to serve.
The Common Council extends gratitude to the various constituencies involved with the success of the hiring process including the community, members of staff, Lee Szymborski from GovHRUSA and Mike Earle from GovHRUSA Temps.
The City of Whitewater provides efficient and high-quality services which support living, learning, playing and working in an exceptional community. Visit www.whitewater-wi.gov for community information and updates.
Press Release- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Kristin Mickelson
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