City Administrator

Former Alderman Tom Friedel listens as Mayor John Dickert talks about him on June 25, 2009, during a news conference announcing that Friedel was Dickert's choice to be the city administrator. Friedel's salary has become a point of recent public debate.

RACINE — Aldermen may need to start searching for a new city administrator soon or they may not.

Either way, getting the funds set aside for such an endeavor will have to wait, at least for a couple weeks.

On Monday, city staff asked members of the Finance and Personnel Committee to defer two items related to a possible search for a new administrator.

The committee had been slated to consider a request for $26,950 to pay for a national search for a new city administrator and $11,600 to help pay a would-be fourth quarter salary for a new administrator.

The items were referred to the committee at the start of Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Deputy City Attorney Scott Letteney said last week that the items were being proposed in case Friedel decided not to stay on with the city.

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At the end of that City Council meeting, aldermen voted to extend Friedel’s contract by two years and increase his $99,237 salary by $10,000 over two years.

So far, Friedel has not said whether he will be accepting those terms.

The council’s vote came about three weeks after Mayor John Dickert and Letteney put forward a request asking that Friedel’s salary increased by 31 percent over two years.

When Aldermen Ron Hart asked Monday what Friedel’s plans were, Letteney said he did not know if Friedel “has made a decision yet.”

Friedel did not return requests for comment on Tuesday, June 16 or on Monday, June 22.

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