Glendale - For the first time in 37 years, Glendale has hired a new city administrator.
The top post will now be held by Rachel Reiss, who was hired by Glendale in 2012 as human resources director and one of three assistants to the city administrator. She was promoted to deputy city administrator in May, which gave her the opportunity to shadow and learn from Richard Maslowski, who served as city administrator for nearly 37 years. Reiss also acted as interim city administrator after Maslowski retired Aug. 31.
Reiss said the opportunity to shadow Maslowski was invaluable, and that he was able to quickly recap decades of historical context in a matter of moments. Maslowski was the city's second administrator, and Reiss said she is excited to serve as Glendale's third administrator.
"I'm very fortunate to be in a position where I absolutely love coming to work," she said. "Glendale is a beautiful community with so much history. There is something new to learn every day about the residents and the businesses. It's been a pleasure to work with such a wonderful group of employees and an exceptional management team."
Despite Reiss’ experience and familiarity with Glendale city government, the Glendale Common Council wanted to be thorough in selecting the best possible candidate. To assist in their search, the council hired former Mequon City Administrator Lee Szymborski, who works with an executive recruiting firm called GovHR.
The nationwide search attracted 46 applicants in October. The council seriously considered 15 of the candidates, and on Nov. 18, five candidates were interviewed in closed session. The council unanimously approved Reiss’ hire on Monday, Nov. 28. Her salary is $120,000.
“What we found in the course of this process interviewing people from around the Midwest and one candidate from Washington state is that we had the best possible choice for city administrator right here under our noses,” Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy said. “We’re thrilled that Rachel accepted the offer.”
Prior to coming to Glendale, Reiss worked for the village of Grafton for 15 years. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Kennedy said Reiss “brings a new energy to the position of city administrator.”
“Glendale’s motto is ‘rich past, bright future.’ Mr. Maslowski’s vision for Glendale helped establish that ‘rich past,’” he said. “I am excited for the new ideas that Rachel brings to the position. She is poised to lead us into a ‘bright future.’”
City Attorney John Fuchs said Reiss “performed well as the interim administrator. She earned the appointment.”