Updated: City Administrator Candidate Tells Waukesha 'No'

Waukesha mayor was hoping to have candidate's contract approved June 26.

The selection committee tasked with finding the next city administrator is at a crossroads, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article.

The top candidate, Shawn Gillen, has turned down a job offer from the committee, the article states. Four candidates were announced last week. The committee doesn’t have an agreement about the remaining three candidates, according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Gillen was the unanimous pick by the committee, according to Acting City Administrator Steve Crandell.

Alderwoman Joan Francoeur told Patch that recruiters working with the city informed the committee Gillen declined the position because of his family and a financial clause in his current contract if he were to not fulfil his full term on the contract.

The committee will have to meet and determine the next steps, Francoeur told Patch.

Mayor Jeff Scrima told Waukesha Patch last week that he hoped his recommendation would go to the Common Council on June 26.

The finalists were:

  • Gillen, city administrator in Grand Rapids, MN.
  • Kenneth Witt, city administer in Sparta.
  • Aaron Oppenheimer, village administrator in Bellevue.
  • Thomas Barwin, past village administrator in Oak Park, IL.

Barwin unexpectedly,, resigned from the Oak Park job back in February. The Oak Park Village Board declined to say if they'd forced him out. Still, he was gone nine days after making the sudden announcement.

At the time, Barwin told Patch he was exploring options in the private sector and nonprofit world, areas where policy decisions and action happen more quickly than in civic government — which he likened to “running with a parachute.”

Barwin’s also a

Former City Administrator Lori Luther resigned from her position in Waukesha to take She had a tumultuous relationship with Scrima at the time, although her Then-Council President Paul Ybarra said Luther “substantially exceeded expectations.”

St. Swithin June 07, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Well I am not sure I would want an administrator that didn't know what his current contract said. I would guess that the committee did not appreciate wasting their time on him. I would definitely be leery of Barwin without getting all the details of his last job.
Carl Spackler June 09, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Well, I for one would not want to work with a Mayor who is a joke. Scrima is the laughing stock of the city. Time for him to go.


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