A candidate to be the next city administrator has been identified, Mayor Luke Diaz confirmed to the Press on Monday night, June 3.

Three candidates for the next city administrator interviewed with two separate panels – one each of elected officials and department heads – on May 20, followed by an extended Personnel committee discussion of the candidates the day after. On May 28, however, the Common Council had no statement to make after a 25-minute closed session and took no action.

The council “received an update,” Mayor Luke Diaz announced before calling for adjournment.

This week, he explained the city is going through an extensive background check, led by the Verona Police Department.

“It’s thorough,” Diaz said. “So it’s going to take a few weeks.”

He said June 24 is likely the earliest a hire could be announced.

The three candidates – narrowed from four who interviewed three weeks earlier and six who had been initially identified – performed “job simulation exercises” during the interview process and toured the city the next day. The are Brian Wilson, village administrator, Belleville (population 5,200); Aaron Reeves, city administrator, Cloquet, Minn. (11,800); and Dan Wietecha, superintendent, Bath Charter Township, Mich. (12,800).

Since February, when Jeff Mikorski was asked to resign, planning and economic development director Adam Sayre has been the interim administrator. Mikorski, who had been the administrator since August 2016, got a six-month severance agreement on his $137,000 salary.

Email Verona Press editor Jim Ferolie at veronapress@wcinet.com.

Email Verona Press editor Jim Ferolie at veronapress@wcinet.com.