Beaver Dam Common Council to discuss new community manager position

March 16, 2019

The Beaver Dam Common Council will consider whether to create a new staff position to help revitalize the city.

A community development manager would provide a vision for Beaver Dam and help promote it, particularly to attract business, according to a job description that will be considered by the council at its meeting on Monday. The job description says the person would have a major interest in developing the downtown area through events, business recruitment, finding grant funding opportunities and more.

The council’s committee of the whole, which includes every council member, will meet to discuss the proposal at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 205 S. Lincoln Ave. Then the council will have its normal 8 p.m. meeting where a resolution to create the position is on the agenda.

If approved, the position would be part-time, 29 hours a week and be paid $20 an hour. The person would need a relevant college degree and 3-5 years of experience in management, event planning, public relations and/or community development.

The community manager would be expected to stay in touch with real estate agents, property and business owners and tenants, development firms, community groups and business groups and so on to coordinate their efforts.

The manager would work to recruit businesses to come to Beaver Dam. The person would promote shopping locally and encourage use of the downtown area.

The region has the public-private nonprofit Beaver Dam Area Development Corporation to promote economic activity as well.

The idea of adding a community manager comes as another major change has been suggested by Mayor Becky Glewen, who proposed making the elected mayor a part-time job while adding a city administrator. Currently, mayor is a full-time position.