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September 21, 2019

8/30/2019 11:20:00 AM
Erin Hirn assumes Mineral Point City Administrator Position
For the many-month long question as to who will manage the City of Mineral Point's multiple projects, there comes an answer. The answer comes by the name of Erin Hirn. She places at the top of the list for the role that included candidates Jennifer Sweeney, John(Jack) Ardaugh, and Clinton Langreck.
A special meeting took place Wednesday night, after Monday's regular council meeting resulted in a "no decision". Mayor Jason Basting, City Clerk Treasurer Candice Coughlin, and council members Jim Rash, Gary Galle, David McCoy, Jay Oellerich, Leslie Reger and David Engels were present for this meeting.
After reconvening to open session was when council members announced their selection, followed by a unanimous "aye" vote by all in attendance.
Hirn comes to Mineral Point, from her previous experience as an assistant Village Manager for the Village of Brown Deer (population of 12,000). She has an MPA from UW-Milwaukee, along with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Business Management from Alverno College in Milwaukee.
She has served as a member of the West Allis Plan Commission since 2016.
Council members stated why they felt Hirn was the best fit for the City Administrator Role.
"I think her municipal background, her experience in economic development and communication with the public are all very strong," Basting said.
"I think she hit a lot of the high spots that we've been looking at," Council member Reger said. "The overcoming factors for me was when Kevin walked in and said that the staff was really impressed with her."
There were four requirements each candidate had to participate in: the "meet and greet" that took place Friday August 9, sharing her experience through an interview Saturday August 10, and taking both a written and emotional intelligence test."
According to council members, she placed at the top in each category.
"All the candidates were very strong and well prepared for the community," Basting said. "I just thought it was a great process. She's up and coming and if we didn't give her an administrator job, somebody else was going to very soon."
Hirn's role as Mineral Point's City Administrator commences as of September 30, contingent on a clear background check.





Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2019
Article comment by: Don Gander

We used to elect administrators but now we hire them.



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