Logout|My Dashboard

Zimmerman not selected - Emporia Gazette: News

Zimmerman not selected

Janesville, Wis., selects U.S. Army colonel as city manager

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 12:03 pm

Emporia City Manager Matt Zimmerman was a finalist for the Janesville, Wis., city manager opening, but the town’s city council went in another direction with the selection process Saturday.

The Janesville City Council chose Col. Mark Freitag, deputy commander of the U.S. Army in Alaska, during a closed session, said Council Vice President Matt Kealy in a phone interview Saturday.

“In my personal opinion was Matt and his wife were very nice,” Kealy said. “… We enjoyed having them. It was just we went with what we thought would be the best fit for Janesville.”

Zimmerman was not available for comment as he did not return a phone call or an email.

The city of Janesville had a community engagement Friday evening, which allowed resident interaction with the five candidates, Kealy said.

“We had surveys, which were completed by the attendees for all of the candidates,” he said. “… We had a citizen ad hoc committee, which was comprised of different residents. I think there were 12 residents in attendance from business owners to neighborhood representatives throughout the community. ... We had the candidates meet with our union representative. …. And then, they met with department heads.

“We took the results of all of those interviews in addition to the interviews with the council itself, and we sorted through different recommendations and pros and cons lists that were tabulated to find the best fit for Janesville.”

The city council consulted with Deerfield, Ill.-based Voorhees Associates LLC throughout the city manager selection process, Kealy said. Karl Nollenberger, a vice president with the firm, facilitated with background checks, reference checks and background search and credit reports on all of the candidates.

Janesville, located about 40 miles southeast of Madison, Wis., began its search for a new city manager in May after Eric Levitt became city manager of Simi Valley, Calif. Janesville has a population of 63,588, which is 38,630 more than Emporia, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Zimmerman was the city administrator of Prospect Heights, Ill., before he was sworn in as the Emporia city manager on April 18, 2007. His wife is Valerie Zimmerman.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.


  • methusla posted at 10:58 am on Sat, Aug 31, 2013.

    methusla Posts: 555

    When one is stuck with something that no one else wants, what is there to comment about/on?
    Perhaps other Cities that are looking for a City Manager are looking for someone who will succeed in reducing spending, which in turn will reduce City DEBT, which will in turn reduce costs(taxes) to the taxpayers and may just succeed in operating within a “Balanced Budget” instead of operating/approving a Borrow/Budget Deficit situation!!

  • bluebonnet posted at 2:43 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    bluebonnet Posts: 43


  • BaseballFan posted at 11:05 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    BaseballFan Posts: 101

    What? No "comments disabled"?[beam]

  • Ben Stallings posted at 10:20 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    Ben Stallings Posts: 34

    How is this news? Should there be a story every time the Gazette fails to win a Pulitzer?

  • Aim_High posted at 4:42 pm on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    Aim_High Posts: 892

    What is this, the 3rd article about this now?

    It seems like the Gazette is just rubbing it in now. Which is fine with me!

  • booker5m posted at 4:27 pm on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    booker5m Posts: 40

    Shame I was pulling for Zimman

  • Country dog posted at 3:48 pm on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    Country dog Posts: 78

    Again he was not the first choice
    Maybe he needs to find something he is good at!


Most Popular / Most Commented

Online poll

How hot is too hot?

Total Votes: 354


Follow us on Facebook


Featured Events