Mequon's assistant city administrator selected to manage Fox Point

Bohse right person to 'move village forward'

June 12, 2013

Fox Point — The Fox Point Village Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a new village manager to replace former manager Susan Robertson, who held the position for 17 years.

The board took less than two minutes of its hour meeting to confirm President Michael West's appointment of Melissa Bohse to fill the position.

Bohse, currently assistant city administrator in Mequon, was selected out of a pool of 40 initial applicants and four finalists.

"This is a career path that decided I wanted to do early on, and I've spent the last 13 years preparing myself for this challenge," Bohse said in a phone interview. "I'm really excited to get started."

Bohse has been an assistant city administrator in Mequon for two years, and before that she worked on the village staff of Woodridge, Ill. She earned her bachelor's degree from Augustana College with a double major in political science and public administration, and she earned her master's degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University.

Field of 40 candidates

Bohse was one of 40 people who applied in April for the position, which pays $95,000 per year, according to Police Chief and Acting Village Manager, Tom Czaja. He explained that the field was narrowed down to nine applicants and then to four finalists during two board meetings in May.

"She did very well in the interviews," Czaja said. "I think she is going to move Fox Point forward."

The other finalists were Michael Gracz, village administrator of Oregon, Wis.; Carina Walters, assistant city manager of Lake Forest, Ill.; and Gary Rogers, former city administrator of Waupun.

Bohse said that Fox Point is facing many of the same issues that other small communities in Wisconsin are grappling with, such as limited manpower and shrinking tax revenues. However, she said she is confident in herself and the village staff to handle these issues.

Unexpected opportunity

She said that opportunity to become village manager unexpectedly presented itself when former manager Robertson announced she would be stepping down to take a position as city administrator of Sun Valley, Idaho. She said that the Fox Point's reputation as both a positive living and working environment drew her to apply for the position.

"It's a community that's always stood out in the area as a great place to work," said Bohse. "I'm very excited for the new challenge and very excited to join the team."

Bohse will start the job on July 29. Until then, Czaja will continue to perform the duties of acting village manager.

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