On Tuesday, April 19, I will be sworn in as Madison Mayor. New City Council members will also be sworn in at that time. In the two week transition period between election day and the inauguration, we must get a great deal of work done in key areas including policy, committee appointment and staffing.
Last week we finished the city council appointments to committees. It took some 14 and 18 hour days but this way the council gets the list of appointments long before the traditional Tuesday morning submission.
I asked Sally Miley, Anne Monks, Jane Richardson, and a few others to assist me with the transition. Mayor Cieslewicz and his staff have been very helpful. Our team has been included in staff meetings and we have met with all council members, most department heads and many city staff members.
We are focusing on a wide range of issues from the new library to the impact of the Walker budget, from beaches to snow plowing. (Yes, snow plowing is on the table on April.)
We have also set up a process for hiring staff in the Mayor’s office. We have made two hires which will be announced shortly. Four executive positions are yet to be filled and one of these will be a new position. As I promised during the campaign, this will be a government relations officer who will analyze legislation, and help develop strategy for working with state government and other local units of government. This person will not have managerial duties.
The other three positions will be administrative managers. Each will work with members of the public, department heads and the respective city committees in his/her area. These managers will work in the areas of Public Safety (Police and Fire, Health), Public Works (Streets, Parks, Water Utility, Motor Equipment, and Engineering), and Internal Services (HR, City Clerk, City Attorney, City Treasurer, Civil Rights, etc).
We are going through a standard hiring process for these positions. That means advertising the positions and everyone will be screened by HR as we attempt to get the widest and most diverse set of applicants.
In the area of committee appointments, we plan to examine resumes and solicit recommendations from Madison’s diverse citizens. During the campaign I talked extensively about the need to both fill the large number of vacancies that exist, and to fill them with people who bring needed diversity to these important committees which are such a key part of Madison City Government. Madison works best when good ideas come from active, engaged citizens who are given the opportunity to participate fully in city Committees and Commissions.
I will also attempt to honor the city policy of limiting individuals to ten successive years as an appointee to a city committee. In instances where a committee or board is in the middle of a major project, I may simply make no appointment allowing the incumbent committee member to retain their position until the project is well underway.
Our goal is to get the committee appointments to the city council by the end of April and to finish the staff hiring by mid-May. If you are interested in serving either in my administration or on a City Commission or Committee, please contact Sally Miley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For a staff position, we need a resume and a cover letter. For appointment to a commission or committee, please indicate your area of interest and expertise in addition to making a request for appointment to a specific committee or commission.
We have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of interest in being a part of my administration. I am deeply grateful for your support and for your enthusiasm about what the next four years will bring. Let’s keep working together to get it done.
Thank you - everyone no matter who you voted for and a big thank you to Mayor Cieslewicz and his staff.