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During “state of city” address, La Crosse Mayor Reynolds makes presentation for city administrator



Twelve years after La Crosse residents voted against hiring a full-time city administrator, to work with an elected mayor, the concept is being proposed again.

La Crosse Mayor Mitch Reynolds briefly presented the administrator idea last night, during a “state of the city” address to the La Crosse city council.

Reynolds said a handful of Wisconsin cities, including La Crosse, still do not have an unelected administrator to manage city business.

Reynolds also talked about the idea back in September on La Crosse Talk PM.

A 2012 city referendum to establish a full-time administrator was defeated by about 2000 votes. Some opponents perceived the plan as a criticism of Matt Harter, the city’s young mayor at the time.

Onalaska is among area cities to have both an administrator and an elected mayor. La Crosse County has an administrator, as well.

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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  1. Carol Herlitzka

    January 12, 2024 at 9:03 am

    Less government! The citizens of our state should make the people working for us???accountable for tax dollars that are spent or put into there Bank accounts. If you can not do the job!! Do not run for it…maybe George soros , the Koch bros, clause Schwab can give you money!!??? To piss away!!!?
    Get rid of the mayor and hire a Republican..get rid of people who don’t care about our country! Move to China see how they treat you. Just don’t come back to the USA! We do not want idiots living hear!

  2. nick

    January 13, 2024 at 11:54 am

    Reynolds is pushing for something not needed.
    1: There are already too many committees in city government.

    2: There are too many committees who review requests by citizens and businesses.

    3: this whole area is much too parochial.

    4: You bring someone who has experiences in various geographic areas and has fresh ideas. The individual would get frustrated and just but heads.

    5: Hire a local and you are just wasting money.

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