Mary Willett chosen as city manager

Mary Willett will begin Jan. 2 as Guttenberg City Manager. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)


By Shelia Tomkins

Mary Willett of Phillips, Wis., has accepted the Guttenberg city manager position, following a two-day candidate selection process held here Nov. 15-16.

A special meeting was set for Monday, Nov. 18, (after Press deadline) to formalize the action. Willett will begin work Jan 2.

The city manager's post was left vacant in October following the resignation of Barry Dykhuizen, who left to accept a similar position in Illinois. 

The city retained consultant Pat Callahan to aid in the selection of a new city manager. After reviewing applicants and conducting telephone interviews, the field was narrowed to four candidates who were invited to visit the city last week for a tour and interviews. 

A public reception for the candidates was held Friday evening, Nov. 15, at the municipal  building. Consultant Callahan spoke, noting each of the four candidates would make an excellent choice, adding that the goal of the process was to find the "best fit" for the community.

On Saturday the city council, in closed session, conducted interviews with the candidates, after which the mayor authorized the consultant to negotiate an offer of employment with Willett, subject to council approval Monday evening.

Mayor Russ Loven commented, "We have followed a very rigorous schedule over the past several weeks in finding the right person to manage this vibrant city and its many projects and activities.  It was narrowed down to four strong candidates, all of whom would have been strong managers.  In the final analysis the Council and Mayor felt Mary Willet was the best choice to help the community reach the next level in meeting its future needs.

"Mary has the leadership skills, experience, and enthusiasm that the City of Guttenberg needs at this time. As the Mayor, I really look forward to working with her,” he added.

Willett is a graduate of Guttenberg High School, and is the daughter of Milford and Margaret Mackey of Guttenberg.

"I am looking forward to residing and working in Guttenberg again, working with Mayor Loven and the council to serve the people of my hometown," said Willett. Meet the new city manager in next week's issue of The Press.

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