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La Crosse County Administrator O’Malley ready to retire



La Crosse County will be looking for a new administrator.


Steve O’Malley says he plans to retire as administrator in early August, 19 years after the job was created and he was hired to fill it.

O’Malley says the retirement date isn’t certain yet, because he wants to be involved in the transition process as the county chooses a successor. His contract expires at the end of 2023.

At least one county committee will discuss the administrator vacancy this week. A discussion of a vacancy in the administrator’s office was added today to this week’s agenda of a county committee meeting.

The announcement of O’Malley’s pending retirement comes as the La Crosse fire department is searching for a new chief, and La Crosse Center director Art Fahey gets ready for his own retirement.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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