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City Administrator – Job Posting

Viroqua, Wisconsin (pop. 4,500). The City of Viroqua is currently seeking a visionary and professional City Administrator. Viroqua is a vibrant and growing community looking for innovative, empowering and proactive municipal leadership. As a key representative of the City, the successful candidate will be understanding and compassionate of Viroqua as a diverse and unique community. 

Viroqua is one of Wisconsin’s great small towns. Located in the beautiful Driftless region in southwest Wisconsin, high upon the ridgetop, approximately 20 mins from the Mississippi River and 45 minutes from LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Viroqua is the county seat and the center of Vernon County’s commerce, industry, government, entertainment, and healthcare.

As a community that continues to adapt and reinvent itself, Viroqua values and celebrates its agricultural history and long-standing community traditions while planning for and embracing its future. Tourism in Viroqua is thriving, known as a mecca for outdoor recreation, rich art and culture and nationally recognized farm fresh dining. The economy has a strong locally grown and value-added food system and offers an abundance of diverse health care and education options. 

The City has 35 full-time and 15 part-time employees.  These employees are a part of the Public Works, Police and Fire, Park and Recreation, and Administration Departments. The City is also responsible for the City Library, Airport, Golf Course and Cemetery.   The annual City budget is approximately $5 Million in addition to $2 Million in Municipal Utilities. The City has 5 successful TID districts with another in development. Viroqua is financially sound with an A+ rating by Standard and Poor.

The ideal City Administrator would have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration (Master’s preferred) or a closely related field
  • At least five years of increasingly responsible management experience in an executive position such as department head, assistant manager, city manager or administrator.
  • A strong background in budgeting/municipal finance (including TIF experience)
  • A high level of integrity with open and positive communication skills
  • Experience with collaborative styles and consensus building
  • Experience in community and economic development
  • A history of stable tenures in previous positions

The City Administrator is appointed by the Mayor and nine-member Common Council. Starting salary range: $75,000-$90,000 DOQ.

Candidates should apply by December 14, 2018 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to Mayor Karen Mischel at mayor@viroqua-wisconsin.com. Please direct questions to Mayor Mischel at mayor@viroqua-wisconsin.com or 608-606-2075.


View Announcement Leaf Vac out effective October 22, 2018

The Public Works Department will begin using the leaf vac on Monday, October 22, 2018 where you can rake your leaves out to the boulevard curb area and they will pick them up without bagging.  Please do not rake them into the street as this will plug the storm drains.  If you have questions, contact City Hall.

View Announcement 2017 Consumer Confidence Report

We are pleased to provide you with this year’s Annual Quality Water Report. We want to keep you informed about the excellent water and services we have delivered to you over the past year. Our goal is and always has been, to provide to you a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. Our employees receive updated, professional training on a continuing basis so that we may better serve you.

At the present there are over 2,050 water customers on the system, consisting of more than 33 miles of pipe within the City, with additions yearly due to new growth in our City. There are two elevated tanks-located in the City Park and Industrial Park. We have had inquiries about chlorinating and although we are not required to chlorinate, we do so as an added protection to our customers. Chlorinating kills any bacteria that might enter our system. Another question frequently asked of our department is “do you fluoridate”? The answer is “no”. We’re pleased to report that our drinking water is safe and meets or exceeds federal and state requirements. This report shows our water quality and what it means.

If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Sarah Grainger, at 608-637-7186 x20. We want our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. If you want to learn more, please attend any of our committee meetings. These are usually held in the early evening the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. An exact time and agenda is posted at City Hall, 202 North Main Street, Viroqua, WI 54665.

Viroqua Water Department routinely monitors for constituents in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. Our water system is tested weekly. This table shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2017.

Additional copies may be obtained from Viroqua Utilities Department, City Hall 202 N Main St, or from our Website at http://viroqua-wisconsin.com/city-of-viroqua/departments/water-sewer/water-department.

View Announcement Wastewater Outfall Extension Construction Update

Project Update – September 5, 2018 

The main part of construction is complete. Over the next couple weeks a variety of tests will take place to ensure the integrity of the pipe. Restoration of green spaces, waterways and roads will also continue until all disturbed areas are remedied.

Please contact Sarah Grainger, City of Viroqua, at sgrainger@viroqua-wisconsin.com or 637-7154 x20 with any questions or concerns. 

Information about the project is also available online at this link.

View Announcement City Hall Closure Notice

City Hall will be closed Thursday & Friday, November 22-23, 2018 for Thanksgiving.  We will re-open on Monday, November 26th with regular hours of 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.



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